University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana won yet another award
University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana received an international certificate by the Botanic Gardens Conservation International.
This spring, the University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana were invited by the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) to test another accreditation in the field of conservation biology, i.e. protection of plant species.
Eleven gardens were selected among 3500 botanical gardens and the University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana received a certificate of a successful accreditation and was granted a title BGCI Conservation Practitioner.
BGCI Conservation Practitioner Accreditation recognises excellence in plant conservation policy, practice and education, and accredits botanic gardens carrying out plant conservation activities of local, national or global importance.
“The value of being a BGCI Conservation Practitioner is big, because plant conservation is nowadays very important on state levels and in the world,” said Jože Bavcon, Director of the University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana. “Being a BGCI Conservation Practitioner gives the garden possibilities to apply for different conservation projects and programmes. The Accreditation is also recognition for the garden, that this is the right way to do plant conservation.”
For a small country such as Slovenia, it was already a great success to have been selected, however, the accreditation confirms that the University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana provide knowledge and activities to accomplish a mission of protecting plant species locally and globally.