The International Plant Sentinel Network (IPSN)
The IPSN is being developed to help safeguard global plant health by providing an early warning system of new and emerging plant pest and pathogen risks; for more information please go to: http://www.bgci.org/ourwork/ipsn/
The ultimate aim of the project is to create a sustainable and viable network that provides valuable scientific evidence to plant health regulators on an international scale. Subsequently, in these early stages of the IPSN, we are looking for interested gardens willing to trial monitoring methodologies, training materials, databases and forums, identify examples of best practice and generally provide feedback in order to help shape and guide development.
For information on how to get involved and what being an IPSN Member Garden will involve please click here or contact the IPSN coordinator Ellie Barham firstname.lastname@example.org
Moroccan workshop on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
A workshop on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) was held on March 31 and 01 April in Marrakech, Morocco. The workshop was organised by BGCI in collaboration with the Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) with the generous support of the Government of Japan (through the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity) and the Government of the UK (through the Darwin Initiative). Participants discussed progress in implementing the GSPC in Morocco and made recommendations on how to fill gaps and address capacity building needs.
Find out more here: http://www.bgci.org/resources/news/1106/
Growing recognition of the need for plant conservation in Ethiopia
During a recent visit to Ethiopia, BGCI staff were thrilled to see the development of two new botanic gardens, the restoration of an arboretum project, and hear about the development of new botanic gardens in the country. Ethiopia possesses one of the richest assemblages of plants in the African continent and is the origin of many globally important crop species. These national institutions will play a vital role in conservation of the country’s unique plant diversity. In October of this year, BGCI will return to Ethiopia to deliver a training course to botanic garden managers in Ethiopia, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Institute for Biodiversity.
Find out more about botanic garden development in Ethiopia here: http://www.bgci.org/africa/news/1104/
Read more about the threatened trees of Ethiopia on the Global Trees Campaign website: http://globaltrees.org/news-blog/threatened-trees-ethiopia/
Mid-term review of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC)
A mid-term review of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation 2011-2020 will be carried out by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) during 2014. In preparation for this mid-term review, a draft background document giving details of progress to date towards the targets has been compiled by BGCI, in association with the CBD Secretariat. The document is now open for peer review and all interested parties are encouraged to submit comments on the draft.
Find out more here: http://www.bgci.org/resources/news/1108/.
INQUIRE Conference Proceedings
This year saw the end of the INQUIRE project which developed and offered teacher training courses in 11 European countries over a period of three years with the aim of reinvigorating Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) across Europe. In July last year a two-day conference was organised to celebrate the project’s successes, reflect on its challenges and bring together researchers and professionals from across Europe.
The INQUIRE Conference Proceedings are now available online. The documents contain keynote speeches, posters, workshops and papers presented at the conference and highlighting best practice in IBSE
Get more information or download your own copy.
International Diploma in Botanic Garden education
Next month will see the start of BGCI and RBG, Kew’s five week course in botanic garden education. The course runs from 12th May until 13th June and covers topics such as:
· Identification of target groups, including informal and formal audiences
· Interpretation – principles and practice
· Life long learning strategies Marketing
· Intellectual and physical access to sites
· Monitoring and evaluation
· Strategic planning
· Project management
Through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminar and practical activities, students from across the globe will be given the expertise to create and develop an effective education programme at their site.
For more information about the impact that this short course can have on a botanic garden read testimonials from previous students: http://www.bgci.org/education/1982/
Green Treasure of Azerbijan
An exhibition entitled Green treasure of Azerbaijan will open in Baku on 2nd May 2014.
The exhibition is part of a project to protect relict Zelokova species from extinction and aims to raise awareness of the spectacular relict trees and forests in the Hyrcanian region of the Talysh Mountains, southeastern Azerbaijan
find out more: http://www.bgci.org/resources/news/1105/