Botanic Gardens Conservation International
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Plants and climate change - a leading role for botanic gardens

Botanic gardens play an increasingly imporant role in conserving the world's plants for people and the planet, particularly in light of climate change and the need to improve sustainability practices around the globe.  In October 2009, the Chicago Botanic Garden and BGCI hosted the Janet Meakin Poor Research Symposium on the topic of Global Plant Conservation Science and Outreach, where representatives from the global botanic garden and plant conservation community came together to discuss the need for coordinated work to address the growing threat of climate change to plants and the people that depend upon them.  For more information, download the speaker program and poster abstracts here. 


BGCI's plants and climate change report

BGCI’s latest report details how plants and climate change are intimately connected, and explains why it is crucially important for us to act now to save the world’s plants.

The report provides referenced information and case studies that:

  • Examine the effects of climate change on plants (from individual cellular responses to entire ecosystem changes)
  • Describe how the impact of climate change on plants will affect the animals and humans who depend upon them
  • Explain which species are most at risk of extinction
  • Recommend actions needed to ensure a future for the world’s plants

The report is co-authored by Belinda Hawkins (BGCI's Research Officer and author of BGCI's recent report on medicinal plants), Suzanne Sharrock (BGCI's Director of Global Programs) and Kay Havens (Director of the Division of Plant Science and Conservation at Chicago Botanic Garden, which also hosts BGCI's U.S. office). It contains contributions from botanists and plant conservation scientists around the world.

The report is available electronically here, and a concise summary of all eight chapters can be found here.