Botanic Gardens Conservation International
BGCI provides a global voice for all botanic gardens, championing and celebrating their inspiring work. We are the world's largest plant conservation network, open to all. Join us in helping to save the world's threatened plants.

How to Save Plants - Approaches to Plant Conservation

Help BGCI secure valuable plant diversityWhat can we do to tackle to many threats that plants face around the world?

In situ conservation is the conservation of species in their natural setting, allowing us to maintain natural systems and processes.

Ex situ conservation is the conservation of species removed from their natural setting, safe-guarding the plants even if their natural habitats are destroyed or their populations decimated. This also allows the possibility of restoring degraded natural systems.

Sustainability of plant use and generally sustainable living is ultimately necessary if we are to ensure the long-term conservation of all our natural resources. At present we do not properly value the many benefits of our natural resources, so our activities tend to deplete and degrade them, even though they are essential for human-kind's survival and well-being.