Caucasus, North and Central Asia

Spanning from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in the west, the Russian Federation in the north, and Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in the east, this vast region is home to an astounding plant diversity.

The Caucasus with its numerous endemic plant species is recorded as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, whilst Central Asia holds the wild progenitors of some of the globally most important crops. North Asia’s enormous expanses with taiga and tundra vegetation present chief carbon sinks, critical to regulating the Earth’s climate.

As elsewhere in the world, botanic gardens in the Caucasus, North and Central Asia have been key centres driving botanical and agricultural research, integrated ex and in situ conservation and public outreach to raise environmental awareness. BGCI has a longstanding working relationship with botanic gardens in this part of the world.

BGCI Russia, based at the Main Botanical Garden, Moscow, and registered as a public organisation/independent foundation, aims at promoting the conservation of plant diversity and enhancing environmental awareness throughout the region.

BGCI Resources for the Region

  • Dry woodlands restoration in Pakistan's Punjab province

    Tree Conservation, Ecological Restoration / Publication / English
  • Gardening the wild - growing the mind: Fostering Kyrgyzstan's botanical community

    Public Engagement, Services for Botanic Gardens, Policy and Advocacy / Publication / English
  • Methodological recommendations for botanic gardens on the reintroduction of rare and threatened plants

    Tree Conservation, Plant Conservation, Policy and Advocacy / Publication / English, Russian