Plant Diversity ›› 2011, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (01): 80-84.DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1143.2011.11014

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Safeguarding China′s Botanical HeritageFoundation item: BGCI′S Program in China——BGCI′s integrated conservation programme in China

 Xiang-Ying  WEN1, Joachim  GRATZFELD1, Sheng-Ji  PEI2   

  1. 1 China Program Office, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Guangzhou 510520, China; 
    2 Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650204, China
  • Received:2011-01-20 Online:2011-01-21 Published:2011-01-25


China′s rich floral diversity includes more than 33000 vascular plant species, representing approximately 10 percent of all known plant species. Over half of these species are endemic to China. However, China′s rapid economic development in the last 30 years and continuous population growth have seriously damaged plant resources in the wild and the ecological environment, resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of endangered species. There are nearly 4000 to 5000 higher plants that are now threatened or on the verge of extinction. To help halt the loss of Chinese plant diversity, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) has developed a China programme and opened its first office based in Guangzhou in 2008. This office works along with Chinese partners aiming to secure Chinese plant diversity through integrated conservation approaches with reintroduction/population reinforcement, engagement of local communities in conservation activities, capacity building in horticulture and environmental education and public outreach.

Key words: Integrated conservation, Capacity building, Reintroduction, Environmental education, Public outreach

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