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HRH Princess Basma of Jordan visits BGCI

14 January 2008

On the 23rd of December 2007, BGCI was privileged to host a special visit by HRH Princess Basma of Jordan. The Princess was in London on an official visit to thank HSBC for their kind support in the setting up of the Royal Jordanian Botanic Garden, one of the most exciting recent conservation-focussed gardens in the Middle East.

On her three-day visit, the Princess conducted an inspirational and memorable presentation on the real, tangible impacts that the development of this botanic garden will have on Jordan, and particularly its capital city of Amman. Despite being one of the region’s most biodiverse countries, Jordan is facing an unprecedented loss of plant biodiversity. The development of this garden on a unique site of scientific interest, has saved the area from being converted into a multi-billion dollar luxury housing complex. Much of this is undoubtedly due to the Princess’s untiring efforts and considerable influence in championing the cause of plant conservation in the Middle East.

While in London, the Princess also visited the grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and engaged in further discussions with BGCI about strengthening the network of botanic gardens and affiliated institutions in the region.

 

'Feeding the Future'  The Guardian Newspaper's Coverage of the event

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