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11 Apr 2019

Botanic Gardens Climate Change Summit

Botanic Gardens Climate Change Summit

From 3 – 6 December 2018, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens hosted an inaugural Botanic Gardens Climate Change Summit . Ten botanical organisations from around the world, as well as three peak botanic gardens bodies, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, the International Association of Botanic Gardens and Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand, attended the summit. There were representatives from Argentina, China, Spain, United Kingdom, Israel, USA, South Africa and Australia.

Delegates at RBGV Cranbourne Gardens with the signed Climate Change Alliance declaration

The Summit was an intensive three days across both Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens of talks, workshops and presentations, with topics that ranged from Regional Climate Change Predictions, Challenges for Living Collections Development and Contemporary Approaches for Assessing Plant Vulnerability. During the Summit, a series of public talks were held, featuring influential experts in the field of climate change and botanic sciences.

These public talks discussed the future of botanic gardens and the solutions they can offer for a warming world. The outcome of the Summit was the formation of The Botanic Gardens Climate Change Alliance. The Alliance aims to use global collaboration to tackle the climate change threats facing plant species. The co-creators of this Alliance signed a declaration “to safeguard life by protecting landscapes” and agreed that “the time for action is now.”

The public talks and further information regarding the Climate Change Summit can be found on the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria website www.rbg.vic.gov.au

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