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International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation: Registration Update

Volume 3 Number 1 - January 2006

Etelka Leadlay

We are delighted to announce that since the 20th May, 2004, a further 153 organizations from 33 countries, have registered their commitment to work to achieve the objectives and targets of the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation (International Agenda).  We are pleased that this includes organizations from nine countries that are new to the list: Azerbaijan. Honduras, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Slovakia, Switzerland and Tajikistan.

This brings the total of organizations which have registered to 443 from 82 countries (16 December 2005).  This figure will more than achieve BGCI’s strategic objective and operational milestone for 2005 which was 400 gardens registered as participants in the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation and illustrates the increasing awareness of the importance of botanic gardens for the conservation of plants and sustainable living.

The International Agenda has been widely welcomed by many conservation and botanic garden organisations and institutions worldwide.  This has included the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which has recognised the International Agenda as representing the botanic garden community's response and contribution to the achievement of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC).

As proposed in the International Agenda, BGCI will not only record those organisations which have registered their commitment to the International Agenda but also their contributions to the achievement of GSPC as measured by the 2010 Targets for botanic gardens. 

This work can be supported by BGCI publications such as the Darwin Technical Manual for Botanic Gardens, the Environmental Education in Botanic Gardens: Guidelines for developing individual strategies, A Handbook for Botanic Gardens on the Reintroduction of Plants to the Wild and A Cites Manual for Botanic Gardens, many of which have been translated into other languages.

In this way, the activities outlined in the International Agenda will implement the 2010 Targets for Botanic Gardens and the GSPC.

If you have not already registered, please take the opportunity to complete the registration form and send by post, email or fax to: The Secretary General, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Descanso House, 199 Kew Road, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3BW, U.K. Fax: +44 0208332 5956, email