BGCI' s achievements
BGCI was established in 1987 as a small secretariat under the auspices of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
BGCI’s membership and larger network has grown consistently over the years, and now includes more than 500 botanic gardens in 96 countries, on every continent. Our aim is to unite botanic gardens and other organisations committed to saving the world’s threatened plants.
In 2007, BGCI established an office at the South China Botanical Garden, Guangzhou and appointed a China Programme Coordinator. In the same year, BGCI moved its US office from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York to Chicago Botanic Garden and appointed a US Executive Director.
In 2016, BGCI opened an office in South East Asia in partnership with the Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Center in Taiwan and an office at the IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, to support expansion of our programme and facilitate collaboration between botanic gardens within and outside of Africa.
BGCI is now the leading international organisation working to save the world’s imperilled flora. Our work helps gardens connect with each other and these links can generate huge, positive change for individuals, gardens and local communities.
Highlights from 2016
BGCI's Member's Review for 2016 sets out the highlights of last year. It can be downloaded as a pdf here.
BGCI continues to lead efforts to achieve the targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), working closely with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation (GPPC). The GPPC meeting in St Louis in June assessed progress against the GSPC goals, and produced a study on the strong links between plant conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, BGCI US led on the development of the North American Botanic Gardens Strategy for Plant Conservation 2016-2020.
2016 was also a busy year for meetings and symposia in the botanic garden community. BGCI either led or significantly contributed to major meetings in Argentina, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, the USA, Panama, Peru, Indonesia and Taiwan. During 2016, BGCI trained over 300 people from 126 institutions and 30 countries around the world. BGCI-led training covered plant conservation policy, practice and education.
BGCI’s regular publications range from our professional journals, BGJournal and Roots, to our regular newsletter, Cultivate, and tweets from our @BGCI Twitter account. We also produce regular red list assessment outputs to help botanic gardens to better prioritize their conservation activities, and ex situ surveys to identify gaps in collections. Finally, 2016 saw more chapters published from our new botanic garden management manual which can be found here.
BGCI continued to co-ordinate a series of botanic garden-centred technical networks carrying out direct plant conservation action, including seed conservation, tree conservation, ecological restoration and plant health. In 2016, BGCI disbursed a total of US$2,945,000 to support these projects, training and other activities in botanic gardens.