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Updated International Agenda now available

7 December 2012

The International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation was first published by BGCI in 2000. This important document helped to shape the conservation work of botanic gardens worldwide and link this work to the broader policy framework for biodiversity conservation. More than ten years later, it was considered appropriate to develop an updated document for the botanic garden community.

This second edition of the International Agenda builds on the original documents and on the countless conversations within and between botanic gardens on how and why and for whom to save plant biodiversity. This document reflects the growing success of botanic gardens as a collective voice influencing the policy agenda.  The publication of the International Agenda in 2000 directly influenced the formulation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) of the Convention on Biological Diversity – a global commitment by governments worldwide.

Implementation of the International Agenda supports global efforts to implement the GSPC and therefore it was not felt appropriate to radically alter the document for this revised version. The changes made in this version reflect the success of the GSPC which has already been revised through an extensive consultation process. The second version of the International Agenda also reflects the wide range of other policy initiatives relating to biodiversity and human well being. We hope it provides a clear and concise framework that will be useful for all in the botanic garden community who are working against great odds to conserve the rich and diminishing diversity of plants that is essential to us all.

Download a copy of the 2nd edition of the International Agenda here



Declare Your Garden's Committment to the International Agenda

Your garden can show its committment to the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation. Registration is free and open to all (your botanic garden is probably already contributing) - and it helps BGCI to demonstrate to the wider world the important role botanic gardens that play.


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The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
The GSPC is a plan to save the world's plant species. Botanic gardens are making a major contribution worldwide. Click the image to find out more.