CASE STUDY: Facilitation of training workshops
Although the number of botanic gardens in India is large, the interaction between many of them in relation to plant conservation has been limited. Because of this they have been keen to not only gain from each other’s experience but also from the experience of institutions in other parts of the world.
During the time I was the Director for the Botanic Gardens Conservation International’s (BGCI) projects in the Middle East and Asia, I was involved in the organisation and running of a number of workshops for plant conservationists from botanic gardens, universities and national parks in India, in conjunction with the National Botanical Research Institute. The topics included plant reintroduction, plant records and databasing and the development and management of botanic gardens and the associated ex situ conservation. The workshop focusing on the reintroduction of plants was entitled “Plant Translocation – enriching India’s flora by returning rare plants to nature”. In addition to presentations by a number of Indian speakers, presentations were also given by three of the authors of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation’s guidelines for translocation. This was an excellent example of how the experience of people in one country can greatly assist the plant conservation efforts of others.