Botanic Gardens Conservation International
BGCI provides a global voice for all botanic gardens, championing and celebrating their inspiring work. We are the world's largest plant conservation network, open to all. Join us in helping to save the world's threatened plants.

Conserving Threatened Plant Species

Ensuring the Future of Threatened Tree Species

BGCI's work, with partners including Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), has higlighted the plight of threatened tree species. As part of the Global Trees Campaign, we are planning a programme of action to ensure the survival of threatened magnolias, oaks and maples and other key species. The programme will combine ex situ and in situ conservation with a focus on recovery and restoration.

Linking Medicinal Plants Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods

China possesses approximately 8,000 plant species vital for healthcare and livelihoods, however over-harvesting is increasingly threatening their survival. As part of BGCI's international medicinal plants programme, we will help to conserve these species in partnership with China's botanic garden community. Activities will include research and surveys, the development of sustainable harvest action plans and incentive schemes as well as cultivation on small commercial scales.

Conserving Wild Plants Used in the Chinese Diet

China has approximately 1,300 edible plant species many of which are wild. However, traditional knowledge and the species themselves are being lost at an increasing pace. BGCI will address this threat by assessing the conservation status of selected species and then developing and implementing appropriate conservation strategies.