SPECIAL FEATURES

The Acapulco Botanical is a member of the following associations:

1. THE MEXICAN ASSOCIATION OF BOTANIC GARDENS

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The Mexican Association of Botanic Gardens is a scientific institution that integrates all the botanic gardens in Mexico to promote an effective collaboration amongst them and work as a link with the community. It also promotes the study, conservation and sustainable exploitation of the diverse vegetation in Mexico and the development of educational programs which contribute with the formation of a public awareness to value plant diversity and conservation.   In addition, it is the official spokesman for the Mexican botanic garden community to national and international, government and non government agencies and to the community in general in relation to issues on plant diversity.

It was founded in 1980 as an initiative of Dr. Arturo Gómez-Pompa, known as one of the best Mexican botanist. In the last 5 years, the Mexican Association of Botanic Gardens has redirected its efforts and has organized national annual reunions, focusing in the adoption and accomplishment of the objectives in the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

During the first 4 annual reunions, each of the following objectives was analyzed:
Understanding and Recording Plant Diversity; Plant Diversity Conservation; Sustainable Usage of Plant Diversity; and, Promoting Education and Awareness on Plant Diversity.

In 2010, a recording was made on the contribution botanic gardens have had on biodiversity conservation. Botanic Gardens are also recognized for the important participation they contribute in centers of environmental education and the necessity of creating public awareness on the importance of plant diversity and conservation.

VISIT ITS WEBSITE AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS ASSOCIATION: http://www.concyteq.edu.mx/amjb/index.html

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2. BOTANIC GARDENS CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL

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Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) is a membership organization representing a network of 500 botanic gardens in more than 100 countries, including the largest and most influential gardens in the sector. BGCI is the largest plant conservation network in the world, and aims to collect, conserve, characterize and cultivate samples from all of the world’s plants as an insurance policy against their extinction in the wild and as a source of plant material for human innovation, adaptation and resilience.

The BGCI network of botanic gardens includes: globally significant ex situ collections, covering approximately a third of known plant diversity; world class seed banks, glass houses and tissue culture infrastructures, and; technical knowledge networks covering all aspects of plant conservation policy, practice and education. BGCI is in a prime position to promote an efficient, cost-effective and rational approach to plant conservation in botanic gardens. Building on the objectives outlined in BGCI’s Plants for the Planet Strategic Plan (see http://www.bgci.org/about-us/mission/), we do this in four ways by:

  1. Leading and advocacy. We provide leadership for the botanic garden sector, promoting the role of botanic gardens to policymakers and funders in delivering the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.
  2. Leading innovative and strategic projects achieving outcomes in plant conservation policy, practice and education. BGCI leads projects and networks delivering Global Strategy for Plant Conservation targets in red listing (Target 2), seed conservation (Targets 8 & 9), ecological restoration (Targets 4 & 8), plant health and biosecurity (Target 10), ecosystem services and livelihoods (Targets 12 & 13) and education (Target 14).
  3. Co-ordinating efforts and building plant conservation capacity in botanic gardens and broader society. We build technical capacity in the botanic garden sector and beyond by acting as a knowledge hub and a clearing house for best practice, training, resources and expertise (Targets 3 and 15).
  4. Providing funding. We mobilise funding to deliver plant conservation projects and outcomes in the botanic garden community and wider society.

Our vision is a world in which plant diversity is valued, secure and supporting all life. To create this world our mission is:

 “To mobilise botanic gardens and engage partners in securing plant diversity for the well-being of people and the planet”.