What is Species Recovery?

Species recovery refers to the process whereby species as a whole, or targeted populations of species that have become threatened, are recovered to a state where they are able to maintain themselves without further human intervention.

Species recovery is essentially an in situ process although ex situ material is often required for population reinforcement (augmentation). It is a multidisciplinary approach and involves many different actors. Species recovery should not be a stand-alone action, but should be seen as part of an overall integrated conservation strategy.

Species Recovery at Botanic Gardens

BGCI is compiling a comprehensive list of species recovery projects implemented by botanic gardens around the world. This information will be used to highlight the scale of species recovery work being undertaken by the botanic garden community.

BGCI has designed the following form to capture species recovery actions taking place at botanic gardens: