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Botanic Gardens Linking Plants with Improvements to Healthcare
The importance of plants for healthcare has often been underestimated. However, the use of medicinal plants is not old-fashioned, or soley an alternative to traditional healthcare: it is estimated that 80% of the world's population depends directly on plant-based medicines for their healthcare (WHO, 2003).
The Role of Botanic Gardens
Many botanic gardens play an active role in medicinal plant study and research, cultivation and conservation. Relevant activities include:
Examples of Botanic Gardens' WorkPlease see the well-being case studies. Our section on conservation also holds relevant studies:
BGCI is currently planning projects to develop the role of botanic gardens in safeguarding medicinal plants and their use in healthcare, often in collaboration with partners relevant to healthcare and sustainable plant use.
A current project is assessing the role of botanic gardens in conserving and managing medicinal plants. We welcome any assistance with data collection: please contact us.
Plants for Life: Medicinal Plants Under Threat
BGCI has published the findings of a year-long investigation into the state of medicinal plants around the world.
Working With Clinics for Local Healthcare Needs in South Africa
Garden Route Botanical Garden is working with local healthcare clinics with limited supplies on conventional medications, to encourage the safe use of medicinal plants for common ailments.
CITES and Medicinal Plants Study: A Summary of Findings
BGCI is working to link plant conservation with improvements in human well-being through a new project for threatened medicinal species to help ensure on-going access to vital plant resources. Medicinal plant displays are popular features in gardens, who also contribute research and other services.
8 December 2005
27 September 2005
1 December 2005
Zulu Medicinal Plants
This inventory of nearly 1000 plants used in Zulu traditional medicine is based on a survey dating from the late-19th century to the present.