BGCI U.S. Strategic Plan 2012-2016
Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) is a global organization that links botanic gardens around the world into a global network for plant conservation. Through this network BGCI strives to be a voice for plants, to implement and monitor progress toward the UN’s Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, and to ensure that no plant conservation, restoration or education work at botanic gardens is limited by lack of access to information or expertise.
Based in London, BGCI has satellite programs in several other countries. Here in the United States, BGCI has more than 80 members, which have an informal affiliation with BGCI US. BGCI US is a 501(c)3 organization that shares BGCI’s mission and vision, but maintains an independent budget and Board of Directors.
BGCI US acts as a central “hub” that connects interests, best practices and information across BGCI’s member gardens and with conservation partners in the U.S. Working with BGCI, it facilitates engagement and collaboration on mutual interests within the United States and globally.
BGCI’s Mission and Vision
Mission: To mobilize botanic gardens and engage partners in securing plant diversity for the well-being of people and the planet.
Vision: A world in which plant diversity is valued, secure and supporting all life.
BGCI’s Unique Role
There is a pressing need to conserve and restore global plant diversity, yet insufficient capacity to do so. We believe that every botanic garden can provide important capacity to support plant conservation, restoration, and education. While already significant, with greater support, coordination and collaboration the combined power and impact of botanic gardens will yield increasingly significant results for plant conservation.
BGCI US Strategic Planning Background
In 2007, a strategic plan for BGCI’s work in the U.S. was developed with input and participation from nearly 80 BGCI member organizations as well as the BGCI Secretary General, BGCI staff, and the BGCI US Board through a series of workshops and surveys.
In 2011, a new strategic planning process was initiated by the BGCI US Board. This process was informed by a member survey taken by 50 BGCI member gardens in the United States. The main components of this new Strategic Plan for 2012-2016 were finalized during a 2-day planning retreat of the BGCI US Board in November 2011.
Strategic Pillars and Long Term Goals
Eight Strategic Pillars were identified and prioritized by the BGCI US Board for work through 2016. Details for all Programmatic Strategic Pillars are described below. Additional detail on all of our Strategic PIllars and 2012-2013 priorities is available in the full BGCI U.S. Strategic Plan 2012-2016.