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.

BGCI Policy Tools

BGCI is well-known and widely respected for its role in policy development and implementation relating to plant conservation.

It is generally agreed that without the policy work of BGCI, the GSPC would not have been developed and adopted by the CBD.

Key Guidance for Botanic Gardens

BGCI's latest policy tool is an on-line learning resources on the Nagoya Protocol. This consists of a series of self-learn modules to help botanic garden staff understand and implement this key protocol under the Convention on Biological Diversity. Access the learning modules here.

A number of other key documents published by BGCI to help botanic gardens coordinate their efforts to conserve plant diversity and maximise their crucial role in this field are provided below.

International Agenda

The International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Plant Conservation provides gardens with a framework and objectives to work towards to achieve common aims. It was initiated long before the GSPC came into being and examines the myriad ways in which botanic gardens can and are contributing to plant diversity conservation.

GSPC The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) is an output of the Convention on Biological Diversity. It is not just aimed at botanic gardens but at any and all organisations that can contribute to plant conservation. It lays down specific, measurable targets that everyone is asked to help meet by 2020. Botanic gardens can particularly help with Target 8 and Target 14. BGCI's work is shaped by this document.
Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change and Plant Conservation

The Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change and Plant Conservation

In issuing its ‘Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change and Plant Conservation’ the Gran Canaria Group, whose membership is drawn from major biodiversity conservation organisations around the world, including botanic gardens, is calling on the international community to take urgent action to protect global plant diversity.