Darwin Initiative for the Survival of Species Supports BGCI
Volume 2 Number 6 - June 1996
The Darwin Initiative for the Survival of Species was announced by the U.K Prime Minister at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janerio in 1992, to enable grants to be awarded to projects proposed by U.K based organizations and institutions, aimed at conserving the diversity of the world's species.
In April 1993, BGCI received a major three-year grant to help its work in strengthening networks of botanic gardens in developing countries to enhance their capacity to undertake biodiversity conservation.
The main objectives of the project were to:
The grant has been extremely valuable to enhance BGCI's ability and available resources to enable it to support and develop botanic garden networks and individual institutions in several parts of the developing world.
During the course of this project Darwin Initiative support has been used in two ways to develop a series of outputs, including:
Publications and Achievements Bearing the Darwin Initiative Logo
Contributions to BGCI staff costs to help in the preparation of other publications, whose general costs were supported by other donors, including:
During the same period, BGCI regional offices were opened in Colombia, Indonesia and Russia and a broad series of collaborative projects undertaken between BGCI and individual botanic gardens in these and many other many countries.
The project period of this grant expires on 31 March 1996. We therefore take this opportunity to acknowledge and warmly thank the Darwin Initiative organization for the valuable support given to Botanic Gardens Conservation International, as part of this project over the last three years, during a period which has been busy, productive and very rewarding for us and during an important and very significant time in the development of BGCI.
The Darwin Technical Manual
Everything you could want to know about starting and running a botanic garden is contained in this unique resource. Written in collaboration with 87 people from 22 countries, it is available in French, Spanish and English. New BGCI Members are given the Manual along with lots of other key resources.
African Botanic Gardens Network Bulletin
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