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Cultivate Issue 8: Sustainability

Number 8 - November 2005
Sarah Dixon

Cultivate 8 - Sustainability - Is It Happening Yet?
Welcome

Dearest Readers

Welcome to the November issue of Cultivate.

Survey ResultsThank you for all the input in the survey 'Attraction or Distraction?'. You stimulated a lot of debate here in the office, and no doubt elsewhere too, on how far gardens should go in attracting visitors .

Read the full results here.

This month we are exploring 'sustainable development' - a much used term but what does it mean in practice? We look at some examples and share resources on how you can get involved yourselves. You can tell us how gardens are getting involved in this month's survey.

Best wishes,
Sarah Dixon
cultivate@bgci.org

Sustainability: what botanic gardens are doing

Edible Caterpillars in Africa

Kisantu Botanical Garden in Bas Congo has been involved in a project to ensure sustainable collecting of edible caterpillars, thereby protecting not only the butterfly larvae but the plants they feed upon too.

Read more about edible caterpillars...

Kew Gardens Composting

Kew Gardens saves £165,000 a year (nearly $300,000) by doing their own composting. Over 97% of their green waste is recycled. And they get some manure from some rather distinguished places...

Find out more about Kew's composting

More Articles

Get sustainable now!

Get sustainable now with the Natural Step - you can use this framework to implement change in your organisation.

Influence behaviour

How do you get people to change their behaviour when there is resistance to change? Learn from the lessons of marketers in the commercial world here.

Educate for sustainability

Educating visitors about sustainability can be complex and demanding. Find out how to overcome barriers and run entertaining, well-structured events and programs in this BGCI PDF publication, Education for Sustainable Development.

The importance of sustainability

Read the CBD's Millenium Development Goals Statement emphasising the essential links between biodiversity, sustainability and the pressing need for poverty alleviation throughout the world.

Issue 8 - November 05
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Sustainability - Is It Happening Yet?

In this month's survey, you're invited to tell us your experiences and help us develop a picture of the role of botanic gardens in promoting and practicing sustainable development.

Take the survey now - click here

Take the survey - click here

Are you living and working sustainably yet?



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