Advanced Conservation Practitioner Accreditation

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.

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.

BGCI Accreditation Standards Manuals

  • BGCI Accreditation Standards

    Services for Botanic Gardens / Publication / English