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  • Tue 1 - Fr 4 April, 2014

    Viera y Clavijo Botanical Garden in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
  • 3rd Science in Botanic Gardens Congress

    Organised by: The Jardin Botanico Viera y Clavijo del Cabildo de Gran Canaria, UNESCO/UNITWIN Chair for Plant Biodiversity in Macaronesia and West Africa with the support of Botanical Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).
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Theme 1. Botanic gardens and taxonomy, cataloguing plant diversity

The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) has been widely adopted, particularly by the botanic garden community, and has resulted in many successes despite failing for the time being to achieve its ultimate goal of halting the loss of plant biodiversity. To be successful in achieving this ultimate goal, the scientific contribution of botanic gardens needs to be strengthened, as does government policy and commitment. Botanic garden research to support conservation action has a major part to play, and needs to be better understood and better coordinated.

Global biodiversity is being lost at an unprecedented rate as a result of human activities, and decisions must be taken now to combat this trend. But how do decision-makers decide where to establish protected areas if they don't know what is to be protected?

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Theme 2. The role of molecular biology in understanding plant genetic diversity and its conservation

The conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources are essential to the sustainable development of agricultural production. From a practical perspective, plant genetic resources comprise the diversity of genetic material contained in traditional varieties and modern cultivars, as well as crop wild relatives and other wild plant species that can be used, now or in the future, for food and agriculture, including resources which contribute to people’s livelihoods by providing food, medicine, feed for domestic animals, fibre, clothing, shelter, energy and a multiple of other products and services. All these services can only be properly attained using the results of scientific research on the origins and diversification of wild biodiversity, and applying these results to its conservation and management.

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Theme 3. Conservation Science

To fulfill the GSPC’s broad objectives, it is necessary to combine many fields of expertise to guide effective conservation efforts with the most updated information, so that effective in situ and ex situ strategies are implemented to manage plant biodiversity sensibly and sustainably. 

It is thus necessary that efforts by ecologists, reproductive biologists, geneticists, taxonomists, ex situ and in situ conservationists, and environmental educators find a common ground of interaction to furnish guidelines that help preserve the key roles that plants play to maintain the planet's basic environmental balance and ecosystem stability, and to provide the irreplaceable components that sustain the world's animal life. 

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