BGjournal is the worldwide journal of botanic garden conservation.
It covers a range of detailed content including in-depth features, congress reports, profiles of gardens and case studies of conservation work being carried out in gardens around the world.
Produced bi-annually this publication was formerly called BGCNews. There were 31 issues of BGCNews published twice yearly from 1987-2003. You can browse the BGCNews archives here.
Vol 11 (1) January 2014 - Exploring energy gardens: Botanic Gardens and biofuels
This issue focuses on bioenergy and the role of botanic gardens. Articles describe some of the innovative ways in which botanic gardens are addressing the biofuel debate – from running education programmes and researching energy plants to producing energy themselves from garden waste. This issue also includes some exciting designs for energy gardens produced by Landscape Architecture students in the UK.
Vol 10 (2) July 2013 - Botanic gardens and food security
Achieving global food security whilst reconciling demands on the environment is considered by many to be one of the greatest challenges facing humankind today. Botanic gardens have long served as repositories for a wide range of plants, including those associated with agriculture and food production, and many are increasingly engaged in activities related to food security. This issue of BGjournal highlights the important contribution botanic gardens around the world are making to addressing food security needs at both local and global levels.
Vol 10 (1) January 2013 - Building capacity for plant conservation - the role of botanic gardens
BGCI is committed to supporting capacity building for plant conservation worldwide. This issue of BGjournal highlights the essential role of botanic gardens in building capacity. The papers illustrate the dynamic international partnerships that are growing in support of global plant conservation action – through exchange of best practice and training.
| Vol 9 (2) July 2012 - Botanic gardens and wild flora for rural livelihoods |
Plant diversity is often taken for granted with the fundamental importance of plants in providing oxygen, regulating climate and feeding the world scarcely acknowledged and promoted. In this issue of Bgjournal, we look at the value of wild plants for livelihoods. We report on a project carried out by BGCI with partners in Brazil, China, India and Mexico that consiidered case studies of sustainable management of wild plants for improved livelihoods.
| Vol 9 (1) January 2012 - Science, innovation and pushing boundaries |
This edition of BGjournal describes some of the cutting edge research and new innovative activities going on in botanic gardens today. Articles discuss the latest technologies for ex situ conservation, the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to assist Red list assessments and DNA barcoding as a tool to assist botanic gardens make use of their collections. This issue also discusses a new social new role for botanic gardens and looks at how modern communication technolgies can assist education and public awareness programmes.
|Vol 8 (2) July 2011 - Botanic gardens and invasive alien species |
This issue of BGjournal addresses the important problem of alien invasive species. It looks at the role that botanic gardens can play in helping to control existing invasive species and steps they can take to ensure that they do not cause problems for the future. It is suggested that the extensive plant collections in botanic gardens around the world could form the basis of an International Sentinel Plant Network, supported by BGCI's PlantSearch database.
| ||Vol 8 (1) January 2010 - International collaboration - Botanic garden partnerships for conservation |
In this issue we focus on international partnerships amongst botanic gardens and between botanic gardens and other institutions working towards biodiversity conservation goals. At a time when financial resources are limited, working together can help to overcome common constraints in delivering research, training, education and action for conservation.
| || Vol 7 (2) July 2010 - From policy to action: the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation – a conservation success story|
In this issue of BGjournal we focus on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) of the CBD. What has it achieved over the past eight years and what can we expect for its development and implementation in the future? Undoubtedly, there have been huge achievements since the GSPC was first conceived - but despite all our work, huge challenges remain in raising the profile of the importance of plant diversity and the need to generate financial resources to prevent extinction on an unprecedented scale.
| ||Vol 7 (1) January 2010 - Ex situ conservation: the value of plant collections|
This issue of BGJournal focuses on the role of botanic gardens in ex situ conservation. Are we doing enough and are we doing it well? How can we ensure that all wild plant species are backed up in well documented ex situ collections, and available for restoration programmes? Various case studies explore how to value national collections and how to revalue collections in light of current issues, such as climate change.
|Vol 6 (2) July 2009 - The Challenge of Sustainability|
Sustainable development is generally accepted to encompass environmental, social and economic sustainability. Botanic gardens have a role to play in supporting sustainable development as well as looking at their own sustainability. Considerations of energy and water use are critical at a time of global climate change and financial sustainability is foremost in all our minds. This issue of BGJournal provides case studies of how botanic gardens are tackling various aspects of sustainability around the world.
| ||Vol 6 (1) January 2009 - Ecological restoration and the role of botanic gardens |
Botanic gardens have long played a crucial role in documentation plant diversity and supporting efforts to protect it. Now, in the face of accelerating climate change and loss of biodiversity, it is clear that repair and restoration of damaged plant communities is needed more than ever before. With the unique combination of scientific and practical plant-based skills in botanic gardens, they are ideally placed to support a new surge in restoration scienc and management.
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Vol 5 (2) July 2008 - Botanic gardens and urban biodiversity
This issue of BGJournal looks at the issues surrounding plant conservation in urban areas.
Over half the world's people live in urban areas. Increasingly cut off from the countryside how will their experiences of nature be shaped? Urban green spaces provide an increasingly important opportunity for people to connect with the natural world. Botanic gardens, generally located within cities, offer opportunities for people to enjoy and learn about a wide range of plant diversity and to benefit from the sense of well-being that botanic gardens provide.
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Vol 5 (1) January 2008 - Conserving Forest Diversity
This issue of BGJournal explores how botanic gardens are conserveing these essential forest resources. Deforestation is now recognised as the second leading contributor of carbon emissions worldwide, after the burning of fossil fuels. Conversely the protection of forests is increasingly seen as a major response in mitigating the impacts of climate change.Botanic gardens have a major role to play in conserving forest biodiversity
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