Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)

BGCI provides a global voice for all botanic gardens, championing and celebrating their inspiring work. We are the world`s largest plant conservation network, open to all. Join us in helping to save the world`s threatened plants.

Company details

Descanso House, 199 Kew Road, Richmond , Surrey , England TW9 3BW United Kingdom

Locations Served

Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Horticulture
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) was established in 1987 to link the botanic gardens of the world in a global network for plant conservation. BGCI is an independant UK charity with its head office located at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

BGCI’s membership and larger network has grown consistently over the years, and now includes more than 500 botanic gardens in 96 countries, on every continent. Our aim is to unite botanic gardens and other organisations committed to saving the world’s threatened plants.

BGCI supports the development and implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) at a global, regional, national, and local level. We work directly with our members and other plant conservation organisations, carrying out threat assessments, seed conservation, ecological restoration, plant health and education projects around the world.

In 2007, BGCI established an office at the South China Botanical Garden, Guangzhou and appointed a China Programme Coordinator. In the same year, BGCI moved its US office from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York to Chicago Botanic Garden and appointed a US Executive Director.

Botanic Gardens Conservation International is the only global consortium of botanic gardens devoted to conserving the world’s plant diversity. Our membership includes more than 500 botanic gardens whose collections include at least  a third of the world’s plant species. Together we are working to conserve all plant diversity for future generations. It is estimated that 80,000 species of plants are threatened in the wild. BGCI and its members are committed to preventing plant species extinctions by conserving plants both in the wild and ex situ in seed banks and botanic gardens.

BGCI supports the development and implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) at a global, regional, national, and local level. We work directly with our members and other plant conservation organisations, carrying out threat assessments, seed conservation, ecological restoration and plant health projects around the world.

Sitting at the centre of a network of plant conservation organisations, including the largest and most influential botanic gardens in our sector, BGCI is in a prime position to promote a more efficient, cost-effective and rational approach to plant conservation in botanic gardens. We do this in four ways, by:

  • Leading and advocacy: We provide leadership to the botanic gardens sector, promoting the role of botanic gardens to policymakers and funders in delivering the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.
  • 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 (Targets 14-16).
  • 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.
  • Providing funding: We mobilise funding to deliver plant conservation projects and outcomes in the botanic gardens sector 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'.