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Last updated: 14 July 2015

EuroGard VII - European Botanic Gardens in the Decade on Biodiversity

The aim of EUROGARD VII is to bring together representatives from botanic gardens across Europe. The scientific programme will be focused around the new version of the European Botanic Gardens Action Plan, which will be officially launched during the Conference. The conference will address the issues and challenges facing botanic gardens in the Decade on Biodiversity and will consider opportunities and prospects for the community of botanic gardens. Congress themes

  • Session A: Introduction and general principles/ Use of standards, guidelines and protocols / Common policies and tools for Botanic Gardens
    • A1: Cultivating our connections, building support and influence for Botanic Gardens
    • A2: Linking your living collection to the garden missions / Collection policies and management of living collections / Horticultural practices
    • A3: The Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing: Nagoya protocol / EU regulation/ IPEN /Future implication and responsibilities for European botanic gardens
    • A4: Databases and Biodiversity information management

  • Session B: Science
    • B5: Ethnobotany: sustainable collecting, use and trade of wild plant species, Curating and conserving biocultural collections
    • B6: World Flora Online for 2020
    • B7: Plant science and innovation, molecular techniques for botanic gardens.
    • B8: Invasive species: research, management and control/ Code of conduct on invasive species for Botanic Gardens

  • Session C: Heritage, Culture and Tourism
    • C9: Historic gardens, Heritage gardens and collections, UNESCO World Heritage botanic gardens
    • C10: Tourism: Opportunities for earned income, World Heritage Status, Visitors surveys and profiles, Special concerns for managing tourist visitors, Links with tourism offices)

  • Session D: Conservation of biodiversity
    • D11: Conserving different levels of biodiversity: species, genotypes and plant communities /Ecological restoration / In situ conservation / species recovery programmes...
    • D12: Seed banking and long term conservation, cryopreservation, Ensconet consortium
    • D13: Challenges for the conservation of the Mediterranean flora
    • D14: Conservation of Europe’s island flora (Madeira, Canaries, EU overseas territories, Macaronesia...)

  • Session E: Botanic gardens and climate change
    • E15: Sustainable practices within the botanic garden: Botanic Garden carbon footprint, building sustainable botanic gardens, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable buildings, wise water management, …)
    • E16: Adaptation to Climate Change: Assisted Migration (practical and policy constraints, procedures and concerns); Phenology

  • Session F: Education and awareness
    • F17: Social roles of Botanic gardens / Social inclusion/ Engaging different audiences/ Networking with the local Community
    • F18: Citizen and participatory sciences, connecting people to plants/ EU Science with and for society program/ Biodiversity in cities
    • F19: Teaching botany

  • Session G: Networking, cooperation and capacity building
    • G20: European botanic Gardens and North South partnerships, Sharing knowledge and experiences, Capacity building initiatives towards the development or maintenance of botanic gardens, Strengthening capacities to achieve the GSPC, Networks linkages and partnerships for conservation.
    • G21: Social networking in botanic gardens, opportunities and technicalities (Facebook, Twitter, etc…)
    • G22: Fundraising instruments and initiatives for financing projects and botanic garden development: experiences, opportunities and limitations, cultivating your donors, European instruments (Horizon 2020…)
    • G23: Global tree conservation, best practice and networking for the Arboreta

2015 will be a highly symbolic year for botanic gardens as they develop their responses to:

  • The Mid-term review of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and of the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020
  • The entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol and the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) policy of the European Union. The congress will provide an important opportunity to discuss the implementation of ABS in botanic gardens.
The congress will also address capacity building to support the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation with a focus on relevant collaborations between European botanic gardens and partners in developing countries.

The event will be held at the National Museum of Natural History, an institution recognized for the excellence of its expertise, and its program of conservation, research and dissemination of scientific knowledge. Extensive renovations projects have been conducted for its botanic gardens, zoos and the national herbarium between 2010 and 2015