With over 30, 000 higher plants species – 10% of the world’s total plant diversity – China is a key region for BGCI’s mission to mobilise botanic gardens and engage partners in securing plant diversity for the well-being of people and the planet.
Managed by BGCI’s China Programme Office based at South China Botanic Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, our programme of work covers a diverse range of species conservation, habitat restoration and environmental education activities, both at the interface between practice and policy.
We use threatened and emblematic Chinese trees, including magnolias, camellias, maples, oaks, unique monotypic genera such as Bretschneidera, Euryodendron, Davidia etc. and other groups of native plants, especially species of particular cultural and socio-economic importance, as a vehicle to promote and implement our programmes.
Working with China’s large botanic garden community, other environmental agencies from national to local levels including forest and agriculture departments, academia, and local communities, we aim to advance approaches that integrate conservation and enhancement of local peoples’ livelihoods as the two sides of one and the same coin. Enhancing knowledge and practical skills of our project stakeholders through the facilitation of specialised training in the various fields of botany, horticulture, restoration ecology, ex and in situ conservation management, etc. is as key to the success of our work as are public outreach campaigns to boost a still much more widely needed, improved environmental awareness.