The Xishuangbanna Declaration on Botanical Gardens and Climate Change
The Third Xishuangbanna International Symposium, Botanical Gardens and Climate Change, was held at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan, China, on January 13--‐16th, 2014. As a result of the Symposium, a Declaration on Botanical Gardens and Climate Change was launched, calling on botanic gardens to use their individual and collective capabilities to take forward climate change research and ensure the conservation of vulnerable species. Read the complete declaration here
Living Plant Conservation Collections: A Guide for Public Gardens
BGCI US has published a new guide, Building living plant collections to support conservation. The guide features work done by the Montgomery Botanical Center, including genetic evaluation of the Sinkhole Cycad. This guide is designed to provide a general blueprint to help strategically develop conservation collections. Find out more and download a copy of the Guide here
Progress in conserving threatened species in the US
There has been a 2 percent increase in the number of threatened species in U.S. living botanical collections since 2010, according to a new Progress report on Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation in the United States. This still leaves more than 3,000 threatened species to add to collections by 2020 for the U.S. to meet the 75% ex situ target of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.
Find out more and download a copy of the report here
Communities in Nature
Two new case studies have been added to the Community Projects World Map, which compiles exemplary cases of Botanic Gardens using educational projects to alleviate issues associated with the environment and social exclusion.
Find out how Bristol Zoo Gardens has helped community groups to establish a collection of Calendula and how Dunedin Botanic Garden is helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to take the first steps towards a career in horticulture, by offering training programmes.
Read these and other inspiring case studies here
You can also read about the aims and successes of Communities in Nature in the Evaluation Report. Just click on the front cover to download your copy or get more information on the Communties in Nature Page