Africa

Africa contains around a quarter of global biodiversity. It contains a huge diversity of different biomes from mangroves to deserts, from Mediterranean to tropical forests, from temperate to sub-tropical and montane grasslands and savannahs.

There are many botanic gardens in Africa, ranging from old institutions set up during colonial periods, including the Entebbe Botanic Garden in Uganda, to newly established gardens such as Gullele Botanic Garden in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The gardens range in size from small community based organisations, to large world renowned conservation hubs and visitor attractions such as Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in South Africa.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in South Africa is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world.
Plant nursery at Brackenhurst Botanic Garden, Kenya.
Vumba Botanical Gardens in Zimbabwe.

BGCI has worked in Africa for many years and our programme has expanded greatly in recent years, with a strong focus on tree conservation and forest restoration. The BGCI Africa office is based at the IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya. This base provides us with the opportunity to better support our botanic garden partners across the continent and expand our programme of conservation projects.

News from African Botanic Gardens

Exchange of Plant Material and Data Survey

This survey aims to gather information on the extent and nature of plant material and data exchange between botanical organisations and to assess perspectives, constraints and opportunities associated with access to data and germplasm.
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IUCN Red List Update - Proteas

BGCI member Fossil Plants guest-curates United Nations Biodiversity Instagram account on Protea conservation

BGCI member Fossil Plants will be sharing two weeks of storytelling about Proteas — 45% of which are now listed as Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered — on the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity Instagram account. Follow @UNBiodiversity and @yourBGCI to see more!
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South Africa Sentinels

Since 2016, botanical gardens of South Africa have been involved in a sentinel research project funded by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) under the framework of the IPSN.
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In collaboration with the JBF network (Jardins Botaniques de France et des pays Francophones) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), BGCI is working to revive the African Botanic Garden Network which was set up in 2002 but is largely inactive, to connect and increase capacity of botanic gardens across the continent.

Ongoing Projects in Africa

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Responsible Exchange of Plant Genetic Resources

A Darwin Initiative supported project to develop tools to track access and benefit sharing and biosafety regulations and compliance.
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Mulanje cedar
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Save our cedar

Working together to save Malawi’s national tree.
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Conserving the Pepper-bark tree in Zimbabwe

Working with Vumba Botanical Gardens and local communities to secure the future of this threatened tree.
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