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New International Declaration for Ecological Restoration by Botanic Gardens
11th April 2011
Above: Habitat recovery of scrub thorn vegetation in the Soan Valley, Punjab Province, Pakistan (March 2011). Planted seedlings of Acacia modesta and Olea ferruginea are protected with branches of Dodonea viscosa. A joint project of Government College University Lahore, Pakistan, and BGCI.
The Botanic Gardens Ecological Restoration Initiative ('The New York Declaration‘) was agreed by eleven organisations at a meeting in New York, USA in March 2011.
'Terrestrial ecosystems are being degraded and used unsustainably worldwide and are at risk of further degradation or imminent loss. Forty percent of the world’s forests have been completely destroyed and much of what is left is fragmented. In many of the more seriously affected places, remaining habitats are not adequate for biodiversity conservation nor can they provide key ecosystem goods and services that supply fundamental economic benefits and contribute to poverty alleviation.’
The Declaration ends with a pledge to ‘develop a global alliance of botanic gardens for ecological restoration with ambitious long term goals’.
Botanic Gardens Conservation International
Read the full text of The Botanic Gardens Ecological Restoration Initiative (PDF)
All botanic gardens that are interested in working together on ecological restoration are invited to contact Sara Oldfield at BGCI (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Read more about the joint ecological restoration project of Government College University Lahore, Pakistan, and BGCI.
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