Botanic Gardens Conservation International
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BGCI/ArbNet Botanic Garden Partnership Programme

The BGCI/ArbNet Botanic Garden Partnership Programme is an international partnership building initiative that aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, skills and resources within the botanic garden community. BGCI member gardens are invited to participate in this partnership scheme, which is designed to ensure that reciprocal benefits will be realised by both parties, including, but not limited to;

• Enhanced cooperation between organisations with common activities
• Collaborative plant conservation initiatives
• Encouragement of sustainable horticulture practices
• Joint collecting trips
• Shared technical expertise to implement sustainable environmental practices
• Improved public engagement
• Improved interpretive programmes
• Development of education curriculums and outreach opportunities
• Capacity building (including staff training)
• Reciprocal exchange visits for knowledge sharing and ideas
• Development of material exchange agreements (conforming to national and international protocols and legislation)
• Improved garden management and policies
• Visitor research and benchmarking
• Marketing and brand development

BGCI in collaboration with ArbNet, recognises the important ability of the botanic garden community to provide mutual support through institutional collaboration, networks and partnerships, thereby enhancing plant conservation initiatives at national, regional, and international levels to meet key targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and aims set out in The International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation.

To support the establishment and implementation of mutually supportive partnerships, BGCI and Arbnet have established a small grants fund to provide grants for partnership activities.  Gardens that have developed partnerships in the framework of the Partnership Programme are eligible to apply for these grants. 

A first phase of the Partnership Programme is now coming to an end, and a number of pilot partnerships have been establised.  BGCI and ArbNet are now putting in place the framework for Phase 2.

If you are a director, manager, or curator of a botanic garden or arboretum and you are interested in this BGCI initiative please contact

We will inform you as soon as the 2nd Phase is launched and the questionnaire is available for adding your details.