BGANZ 2013 Assessment Update
8 July 2013
Partnering with the Botanic Gardens of Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ), BGCI is closer to finding out the total number of threatened species held in botanic garden collections of Australia and New Zealand. So far, we have received taxa lists from nearly 15% of gardens in both countries. As the July 15 deadline for plant lists approaches, we are reaching out to as many gardens as possible in hopes of bolstering BGCI's data by adding plant lists to BGCI's PlantSearch database.
After this data collection phase, we plan to compare a full list of all cultivated taxa with the lists of threatened species of Australia and New Zealand. Results of this assessment will be presented in October 2013 at the 5th Global Botanic Gardens Conference in Dunedin, New Zealand. (At right: Eucalyptus ficifolia, native to a very small area of south coastal Western Australia.)
If you manage collections at a garden in Australia or New Zealand, find out how to contribute data here and join these gardens in supporting this important conservation initiative:
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