Japan's Botanic Gardens Organise for Plant Conservation
23 February 2007
Japan's botanic gardens are renowned for their beauty and are appreciated by local people as havens of tranquility and pleasure gardens. But that image is beginning to change, as BGCI's efforts to support the Japan Association of Botanic Gardens (JABG), and encourage and support gardens in plant conservation, are paying off.
Botanic gardens which will conserve selected plant groups, (eg: Orchidaceae, ferns, alpines) were also nominated.
The target to conserve 50 % of threatened Japanese native plants by 2012 was agreed.
This is a remarkable step-forward to contribute to Targets 15, 16 and for the first time, Target 8 of the GSPC, by Japanese botanic gardens. "With the success of this workshop and the great commitment shown by Japan's gardens, we can look forward to a brighter future for threatened plant species in Japan", says BGCI's representative in Japan.
The workshop was facilitated by BGCI through HSBC’s Investing in Nature Japan Programme.
Japan Association of Botanical Gardens
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