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Sixth European Botanic Gardens Congress – May 28th – June 2nd, Chios Island, Greece

February 23, 2012

The Sixth European Botanic Gardens Congress (EuroGard VI) will be held on Chios Island, Greece from 28 May – 2 June 2012. The theme of the Congress is ‘European Botanic Gardens in a Changing World’. The Congress will cover a wide range of topics relevant to the work of botanic gardens in the 21st century, including sessions on plant conservation, networking and examining the role of plants in myth, history, art, science and culture. For more information, visit the Congress website: http://www.eurogardvi.gr/

From the Congress website:

“The aim of EUROGARD VI is to bring together best practices and theory in order to:

• Promote effective action by botanic gardens for plant conservation.
• Strengthen the links between botanic gardens, research institutes, conservation networks and other stakeholders.
• Enhance botanic gardens as centres for sustainability, human well-being, environmental awareness and protection.

The United Nations has declared this decade, 2011-2020, the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. This Congress will provide an opportunity for botanic gardens to demonstrate their contributions to this important international initiative. A key then of the congress will be incorporating theory into practice and presentations will show case approaches, tools and research that help us to confront the challenges of biodiversity loss in a changing world. Mitigation methods concerning in situ and ex situ conservation actions will be presented, as well as, effective networking practices that allow us to respond efficiently to the challenging targets of the European and Global Strategies for Plant Conservation.

The Congress will also aim to highlight the important relationships that exist between people and plants, and through this, link the work of botanic gardens to the achievement of the all important Millennium Development Goals.”

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2012 10:08:54 pm

    Thank you for this information.

  2. February 24, 2012 10:08:07 am

    As we lose our land to developers and more and more rainforest is being depleted for industry and profit we are going to rely more and more on our Botanic Gardens to illustrate our endemics and make us more aware of rapidly dwindling plant species. Seed collection and propagation are only the half of it. I see Botanic Gardens as places where we can spread the word about rare and endangered species. In Hobart they are attempting to propagate the King’s lomatia (Lomatia tasmanica) to ensure the survival of the species. Cheers for this post and for doing all of that footwork to enable us to gain all of this remarkable information.

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