Latin America and the Caribbean

The Latin America and Caribbean region supports rich biological diversity, with around sixty per cent of global terrestrial life found within it, alongside diverse freshwater and marine flora and fauna.

Six of the world’s most biodiverse countries are within this region; Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. It is also home to the world’s most biodiverse habitat, the Amazon rainforest. The region’s biomes extend from wetlands and coastal ecosystems to deserts, tropical forests, extensive savannah grasslands and high altitude Andean habitats. The lowland forests are amongst the most species-rich on Earth, and the mountain forests and moorlands of the Andes host a wide range of endemic and narrow range species.

The region as a whole presents a rising trend in all major pressures on biodiversity: land degradation and land use change; climate change; land-based pollution; unsustainable use of natural resources and invasive alien species.

BGCI is working with partners in the region to reduce the habitat loss, protecting and maintaining plant diversity vital to human wellbeing. Innovate and strategic initiatives such as the Global Trees Campaign (GTC), Ecological Restoration Alliance (ERA), and the Global Seed Conservation Challenge (GSCC) are implemented in the region.

BGCI Publications in Spanish

  • BGCI Technical Reviews

    Services for Botanic Gardens / Publication / English, Spanish, Chinese
  • BGCI's Manual on Planning, Developing and Managing Botanic Gardens

    Public Engagement, Services for Botanic Gardens, Policy and Advocacy / Publication, Tool / English, Spanish
  • CITES Manual for Botanic Gardens

    Policy and Advocacy / Publication / English, Spanish, Italian
  • Environmental Education Guidelines

    Public Engagement / Publication / English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese
  • Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

    Policy and Advocacy / Publication / English, Spanish, French, Chinese
  • Integrated Conservation of Tree Species by Botanic Gardens: a reference manual

    Tree Conservation, Conservation Prioritisation / Publication / English, Spanish
  • International Agenda for Botanic Gardens

    Policy and Advocacy / Publication / English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Principles on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing

    Policy and Advocacy / Publication / English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese
  • Roots

    Public Engagement / Publication, BGCI Journal / English, Spanish

BGCI Projects or Case Studies in the Region


Recovery of Native Wetland Flora

Promoting recovery in the Río de la Plata estuary, Argentina
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Case Study

A Process for ABS-Compliant Fieldwork

An example from Jardín Botánico Universitario BUAP, Mexico
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Case Study

Code of Conduct on Access and Benefit-Sharing

Clauses from the Mexican Association of Botanic Gardens
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Related News from the Region

First South American Botanic Garden Network talk on Technical Curatorial Processes

The South American Botanic Garden Network would like to invite you to the first of a series of virtual talks introducing you to experts in the different aspects of the role and technical management of botanic gardens in the Latin American region.
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Propagation trials of Allophyllus edulis at Carlos Thays botanic garden

World Rivers day: Río de la Plata restoration, Argentina

To celebrate World Rivers Day, BGCI and the Botanic Garden of the City of Buenos Aires “Carlos Thays” share their work over the last 2 years to restore the native wetland flora of the Río de la Plata estuary.
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Argentina's Newest Botanic Garden - The Botanic Garden of Isla Victoria

BGCI is delighted to spread the good news – Argentina’s National Parks Administration have officially declared the central area of the Island of Victoria, part of Nahuel Huapi National Park in the country’s far south, as Botanic Garden of the Isla Victoria.
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