The 5th Global Botanic Gardens Congress (CGBC), hosted by the Dunedin Botanic Garden in New Zealand, was held during October 20-25. A wide-ranging plenary addresses, symposia and workshops covered the challenges and achievements of botanic gardens and partner organisations around the world. Prof. Chen Jin, director of XTBG and also chairman of Chinese Union of Botanical Gardens (CUBG), was invited as one of the 17 plenary speakers to deliver a speech entitled “How to be a conservation garden?”
The Global Botanic Gardens Congress is the premier international event for botanic gardens, held every three years. The theme of 5th CGBC is “Celebrating success – the influence and appeal of botanic gardens”. Botanic gardens influence and appeal to us throughout our lives, from early childhood through to adulthood. Information generated by botanic gardens contributes to environmental advocacy, and provides a source of knowledge and expertise in political debating chambers and the development of international agendas.
There was a significant depth of discussion and range of topics to engage all attending, from sustainability and climate change, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration, and plant collections management, to community well - being, social relevance, industry innovation and education.
Over 30 representatives of China participated in the congress, including Beijing Botanical Garden, Nanjing Botanical Garden Mem. Sun Yat-Sen, Kunming Botanical Garden, Turpan Desert Botanical Garden, Chenshan Botanical Garden, Wuhan Botanical Garden, South China Botanical Garden, Xi’an Botanical Garden, and Taishan Botanical Garden, etc.
The plenary session
Chinese representatives at the 5th CBGC
Part of the Dunedin Botanic Garden
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