6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress
The 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress was held from 26-30 June in Geneva, Switzerland. Hosted by the Conservatory and Botanic Garden of the City of Geneva (CJBG), the Congress, which had the theme ‘Botanic gardens in society: visions for the future’, attracted over 550 participants from 65 countries. As well as a varied and stimulating scientific programme, participants enjoyed a range of social activities, including a gala dinner that celebrated the 200th anniversary of CJBG and the 30th anniversary of BGCI.
An overview of the key points discussed around the main themes of the Congress is available here
Plenary speakers discussed the importance of botanic gardens in engaging with and addressing major societal issues – such as food security, climate change, sustainability and biodiversity conservation – and by doing this contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. All the plenary sessions were recorded and the videos can be accessed here.
All aspects of the work of botanic gardens were discussed during the week, through a mix of plenary speeches, oral presentations (over 200 were delivered), round table and panel discussions, workshops and posters. Abstracts of all oral presentations can be accessed here.
Tuesday 27 June was designated ‘Tree Tuesday’ at the Congress. Sponsored by The Morton Arboretum and organised by the Global Trees Campaign, the day was dedicated to highlighting the latest developments towards ensuring zero tree extinctions. Sessions focused on the importance of trees to humankind, tools that are available to support tree conservation, the opportunities and challenges for botanic gardens in conserving tree species and progress towards the Global Tree Assessment. read more about Tree Tuesday here:
Exceptional species roundtable
A roundtable on Advancing the ‘Exceptional Plant Conservation Network’: addressing challenges, making connections and taking action for species that cannot be conserved through conventional seed bank approaches was held on Monday 26 June. A summary report of this event is available here.
During the Congress, awards were made to the winners of the 2017 Marsh Awards for excellence in International Plant Conservation and Botanic Garden Education. The winners were Kunle Olasupo from the Forest Unit at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria and Amy Padolf from Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. Read more here.
Awards were also presented to the winners of the Global Seed Conservation Challenge. Read more here