BGCI’s Advanced Conservation Practitioner Accreditation is aimed at botanic institutions wishing to demonstrate that they achieve significant conservation impact and recognises botanic gardens with a focus on conservation actions that support local, national or global conservation goals. It is only open to BGCI members. The application process will involve filling out a questionnaire and providing documented evidence of activities. The criteria assessed may include:
- Compliance with international conventions
- Collections of conservation value
- Training in conservation-related disciplines offered
- Native plant species horticultural trials
- Participation in international scientific research
- Conservation activities, including in situ conservation
- Sustainability practices
- Substantial staff specialist skills
- International network membership
In addition, the application process includes a conservation collections assessment carried out by BGCI and an anonymous external peer review through a sub-committee of BGCI’s International Advisory Council.
This accreditation is only open to BGCI members and a fee, $500, will be charged for cost recovery. For non-members, botanic gardens can only be accessed as an Advanced Conservation Practitioner by becoming members.