Botanic Gardens Conservation International
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BGCI's China programme

With over 30, 000 higher plants species – 10% of the world’s total plant diversity – China is a key region for BGCI’s mission to mobilise botanic gardens and engage partners in securing plant diversity for the well-being of people and the planet. Managed by BGCI’s China Programme Office based at South China Botanic Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, our programme of work covers a diverse range of species conservation, habitat restoration and environmental education activities, both at the interface between practice and policy.

We use threatened and emblematic Chinese trees, including magnolias, camellias, maples, oaks, unique monotypic genera such as Bretschneidera, Euryodendron, Davidia etc. and other groups of native plants, especially species of particular cultural and socio-economic importance, as a vehicle to promote and implement our programmes. Read more about our current conservation work in China here.



Working with China’s large botanic garden community,  other environmental agencies from national to local levels including forest and agriculture departments, academia, and local communities, we aim to advance approaches that integrate conservation and enhancement of local peoples’ livelihoods as the two sides of one and the same coin. Enhancing knowledge and practical skills of our project stakeholders through the facilitation of specialised training in the various fields of botany, horticulture, restoration ecology, ex and in situ conservation management, etc. is as key to the success of our work as are public outreach campaigns to boost a still much more widely needed, improved environmental awareness.

Overview of past conservation interventions (6mb).


BGCI’s China Programme contributes significantly to the implementation of China’s Strategy for Plant Conservation (CSPC), a national response to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC).

A review of progress in implementing the CSPC was carried out in 2012. Find out more about the results of the  review here or download a copy of the report.



Visit our China programme website here (In Chinese).

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