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Climate Change and Plants: Ensuring our Future Prosperity

Plants face many threats but climate change is probably the single greatest threat to plant diversity.

Recent predictions have suggested that almost half of today's known plant species could be threatened by changes in climate. Since plants maintain ecosystems for all life on the planet, action is needed now to help mitigate the threat and to enable adaptation to changes in climate.

BGCI is launching a new global programme to help do just that, harnessing the skills and expertise in botanic gardens worldwide to make a real difference. Your organisation can become a partner of choose to select a specific element related to your interests. We welcome the opportunity to discuss 'climate change and plants' with you in more detail.

Forthcoming Projects

Every year BGCI launches a range of new projects from local initiatives to global campaigns. Find out how you can get involved in forthcoming projects so that we can work together to create a world in which plant diversity is valued, secure and supporting all life.


Climate Change and Plant Conservation

Climate change is already happening and is predicted to get much worse. This page outlines the effects that climate change may have on plant communities, and thus the threats to the well-being of human societies that depend on them.


Download the Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change as a PDF
In issuing its ‘Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change and Plant Conservation’ the Gran Canaria Group, whose membership is drawn from major biodiversity conservation organisations around the world, calls on the international community to take urgent action to protect global plant diversity.