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BGCI Joins Partnership to Advance Sustainable Development

22 February 2005

To coincide with the recently launched United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (U.S.) has become a partner in the United States Partnership for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. The U.S. Partnership is a non-partisan volunteer partnership of organizations in the United States dedicated to promoting the Decade and its purposes. Member organizations come from every sector, including higher education, K-12, business, non-profits, government, and faith communities.

BGCI (U.S.) will promote activities for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development through its ongoing support of education at botanic gardens, as well as new programs being unveiled this year. In March, BGCI (U.S.) will launch its "Plant for the Planet" campaign to raise the awareness of plant conservation issues and promote conservation action amongst home gardeners. Later this year, the "Plants for the Planet Kids Club" will bring a plant conservation and sustainability message to kids ages 9-12 throughout the United States.

"Sustainable development is an integral part of BGCI's education projects in the United States" said Brian Johnson, Education Officer for BGCI's U.S. program. "The U.S. Partnership will also allow us to emphasize the importance of plant conservation in sustainable development education programs sponsored by other organizations throughout the country."

BGCI (U.S.) will also attend the official inauguration of the UN Decade at the UN headquarters in New York March 1.

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