Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) is an organisation representing a network of 500 botanic gardens in more than 100 countries, including the largest and most influential gardens in the world. It is the largest plant conservation network globally that aims to collect, conserve, identify and cultivate samples from all the world’s plants, and safeguard them against extinction in the wild.
QBG received an official invitation to participate in the International Congress from the University of Warsaw Botanic Garden, having been an active member of BGCI since May 2016. The event gave QBG the opportunity to highlight its Educational Programme such as the Fun and Learn programme for primary schools, the Food Security programme for secondary schools, and the Environmental Research Contest.
Representatives from QBG also showcased its outreach initiatives, such as the Ghars campaign, encouraging members of Qatari society to plant 2,022 trees in support of Qatar hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup and its restoration programme for native plants to strengthen public awareness of the country’s cultural heritage.
QBG exhibits the plants, botanical terminologies, conservational principles, and environmental ethics mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, the Hadith and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It inspires appreciation of nature by encouraging people to show respect and responsibility towards the environment, supporting QF’s commitment to promote sustainable development and community development.
QBG Manager Fatma Saleh Al Khulaifi said their participation in the congress presented an excellent opportunity to showcase to an international audience the educational programmes they have initiated to enjoin participation from the local community.
It gave us a platform – for ourselves and for botanic gardens from around the world to share our visions and ideas, gain greater insight into our respective initiatives, and identify common practices and goals.’
For updates and more information about QBG, visit qbg.org.qa.