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Action Plan for Botanic Gardens in the European Union
Edited and compiled by Judith Cheney, Joaquin Navarrete Navarro and Peter Wyse Jackson for the European Botanic Gardens Consortium. (2000)

The action plan sets out for botanic gardens in the EU more than 30 objectives on science and horticulture; heritage and culture; conservation of biodiversity; education, training and awareness; networking and co-operation; capacity building; and funding to implement the Action plan. Provides an EU wide framework and shared set of priorities. Defines a role for botanic gardens in the 21st century, with common agreed targets. Purpose is to provide a methodology for examining an institutional response: What is its mission, is it clearly understood and defined; what are its roles in botanical research, conservation, education and horticulture; can all staff be involved in the preparation of a response to the action plan.

INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY

A. SCIENCE AND HORTICULTURE
A1 Promote BGs as resource centres for scientific research.
A2 Facilitate access to scientific and horticultural information in BGs
A3 Consolidate BGs as major centres of taxonomy
A4 Consolidate BGs as research centres for identification, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.
A5 Promote and consolidate BGs as major centres of horticultural expertise.
B. HERITAGE CULTURE AND TOURISM
B1 Seek recognition of the heritage value of BGs
B2 Raise awareness of the roles of BGs in European history, development of botany, hort. etc.
B3 Promote the importance of architectural heritage in European BGs
B4 Promote an appreciation of landscape and garden styles in BGs
B5 Recognise and promote botanic garden libraries, herbaria, museums in BGs
B6 Safeguard and document important artefacts, structures and collections of historical import.
B7 Promote BGs as important tourist attractions
C. CONSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY
C1 Ensure in-situ conservation and assessment
C2 Develop management of ex-situ collections
C3 Develop management and analysis of data and information
C4 Ensure garden management that promotes biodiversity conservation and sustainable use
C5 Implement and influence national and international biodiversity policies.
D. EDUCATION, TRAINING and AWARENESS
D1 Develop BGs as centres for environmental education
D2 Promote BGs to schools as centres for environmental education
D3 Promote BGs as resources for higher education and training
D4 Present information to the public in a variety of ways
D5 Promote BGs to the public as centres for information on plants
D6 Encourage public debate about issues relating to plants
D7 Ensure that the garden's message is clear and consistent
D8 Raise the status of education
E. NETWORKING and CO-OPERATION
E1 Develop a network for scientific research and horticultural activities
E2 Develop an strengthen networks to improve conservation of diversity
E3 Develop and strengthen national networks to improve education by BGs
E4 Develop closer networking to promote staff training in BGs
E5 Participate in and form local networks
E6 Work together internationally
E7 Develop an efficient network
F. CAPACITY BUILDING
F1 Build effective management of resources
F2 Improve and develop staff skills and training
F3 Build and implement a policy on collaboration to assist BG capacity

FUNDING TO IMPLEMENT THE ACTION PLAN

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