Monday, 24 October, 2016
MoU between CETAF and BGCI - signed by Michelle Price (CETAF Chair) and Suzanne Sharrock (BGCI Director of Global Programmes)

On October 18, CETAF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) during the CETAF 40 General Meeting in Madrid, Spain.

BGCI is a network organization of botanic gardens around the world committed to plant conservation. Established in 1987, it is an independent charity in the United Kingdom, with its head offices situated at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. They now consist of more than 500 botanic gardens spread over 96 countries in total. As one united organization, BGCI works toward saving the world’s threatened plants.

The Memorandum of Understanding between CETAF and BGCI opens up new opportunities for mutual contributions to each other’s organizations and for the exchange of information. Both CETAF and BGCI will be considering each other as strategic partners with the aim of addressing the common interests of two signatories.

Such areas of common interest include, but are not limited to:

  •  Access to genetic resources and benefit sharing in the framework of the Nagoya Protocol and the associated EU regulation;
  • Raising awareness of the importance of collections and taxonomic research though public education and outreach activities;
  • Promoting the use of collections in research and development activities;
  • Sharing taxonomic expertise to support activities related to conservation and collection management;
  • Developing and sharing common data standards with respect to collection management.

Signing the MoU for BGCI, together with Michelle Price (CETAF Chair), is Suzanne Sharrock, who is the Director of Global Programmes. She attended the CETAF 40 General Meeting on 18-19 October at the Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid. The MoU document is available to read here.