Policy and Advocacy

Many international frameworks are relevant for botanic gardens and provide valuable mechanisms to stimulate and guide their work globally for plant conservation.

Orchid in Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Gardens

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The growing concern for the world’s environment has led to a significant advance in international cooperation on development and environment issues in recent years. As part of this, comprehensive international frameworks have been developed to guide countries in their formulation of national policies and the allocation of resources to meet development and environment goals.

  • The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
  • Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Access and Benefit-Sharing
  • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • International Agenda for Botanic Gardens

The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, with its 16 targets for plant conservation, was first adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the CBD in 2002. The GSPC targets were renewed and updated in 2010.
Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

Convention on Biological Diversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has three main objectives: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of the components of biological diversity, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. Botanic gardens around the world contribute significantly to the implementation of the CBD.
Convention on Biological Diversity

Access and Benefit-Sharing

Botanic gardens are key players in the chain of custody of plant resources, accessing plant material from the wild and making this available for research, education and display purposes, BGCI helps botanic gardens understand and implement the access and benefit-sharing provisions of the CBD.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

The illegal trade in plants and animals is a high profile political issue and botanic gardens have a central role to play.
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

The Sustainable Development Goals

With 17 goals and 169 targets, the SDGs recognise the inter-relationships between human development and the environmental, economic, social and political context in which it occurs.
Sustainable Development Goals

International Agenda for Botanic Gardens

The International Agenda is a policy framework for botanic gardens worldwide to contribute to biodiversity conservation.
International Agenda for Botanic Gardens

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You can support our plant conservation efforts by sponsoring membership for small botanic gardens, contributing to the Global Botanic Garden Fund, providing corporate sponsorship, and more!