The European flora is of global significance but many species are facing an ever increasing range of threats, including the growing challenge of climate change.

There are more than 900 botanic gardens in Europe, most of which are members of networks linked under the European Botanic Gardens Consortium..

These botanic gardens receive more than 120 million visitors each year and are the major way in which the people of Europe can gain access to information on the diversity and importance of the world’s plants. Many botanic gardens in the European Union are also leading institutions of world significance in botanical research, plant conservation, education and horticulture.

  • Their plant collections include more than 160,000 taxa of higher plants.
  • Their herbaria (154) hold over 50 million specimens from all over the world.
  • Amongst them are over 150 seed banks, conserving important collections not only of wild flora, but also of species of agricultural interest and containing tens of thousands of seed accessions – one of the most important genetic reserves in the world.

Their museum and library collections are some of the most important and extensive in the world – an important part of the Europe’s heritage and culture and an essential resource for botanical studies.

BGCI works with botanic gardens in Europe through its support for the European Botanic Gardens Consortium and its involvement in European plant conservation, capacity building and  education projects.

BGCI Projects and Case Studies from the Region

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Fruit and Veg Food Waste Challenge

The Fruit and Veg Food Waste Challenge is a one year pilot project that aims to challenge visitors of English botanic gardens to take on a 30 day challenge to reduce their fruit and vegetable food waste.
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Food Sustainability Challenge

The Food Sustainability Challenge is a UK based project funded by The Rothschild Foundation which aims to explore and support the development of food sustainability interventions taking place in UK botanic gardens.
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Case Study

Documentation of specimens and samples

The Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum (BGBM) Berlin acts in accordance with the national and the EU regulations and international agreements on genetic resources.
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Related News from the Region

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Appointments to the Board of Trustees of The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is seeking new appointments to their Board of Trustees.
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Millennium Seed Bank Partnership

Kew's Millennium Seed Bank Partnership Feted Around the World on 20th Anniversary

Social media channels were alive yesterday with the 20th anniversary of the Millennium Seed Bank and its partnership. Check out the hashtag #MSBP20 to see 20 years of stories of plant conservation in action.
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The Sibbaldia and PlantNetwork Conference

'Promoting Excellence in Horticulture'
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