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THE MAGIC THAT HAPPENS WHEN TALENTED PEOPLE COME TOGETHER A workshop for the garden community to develop comparative metrics for conservation and research June 24, 2014

Benchmarking and Building Conservation Capacity at Botanic Gardens:

Benchmarking and Building Conservation Capacity at Botanic Gardens 2013 DLG Benchmarking meeting and initial evaluation Summary for research and conservation Background for developing global initiatives Topics for developing benchmarks Objectives for breakout groups Resources needed

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All Large Very Large Horticulture 30.8 32.6 26.3 Visitor Services 12.2 11.8 13.2 Public Programs 10.4 9.5 12.4 Facilities 9.4 8.9 10.4 Administration 9.0 9.7 7.4 Science & Conservation 8.0 6.7 11.2 Development & Membership 5.4 5.8 4.4 Retail Sales 4.3 4.6 3.6 Security 3.3 3.3 3.4 Marketing 2.8 2.6 3.2 Food Service 1.6 1.9 0.9 Information Technology 1.0 0.7 1.8 Other 1.8 1.2 1.9 Table II-1. Percentages of Staff (FTEs) by Function (means)

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Median Low High Total Space Open to Public 24,000 480 178,194 Retail (gift and plants sales area) 1,906 O 7,980 Food Service 2,500 O 25,000 Office Space 6,796 O 92,323 Storage Space 5,500 100 53,494 Under Glass (public and production) 18,800 O 200,000 Horticultue Space (office & work space) 3,905 500 25,000 Maintenance Space (staff area, workshops) 4,000 550 55,156 Auditorium O 1,700 7,482 Classrooms, Multi-purpose, Meeting Rooms 6,718 480 30,000 Science and Research (labs, herbarium, research library) O 2,000 78,620 Library (for members and/or public) 1,092 O 22,000 Total Interior (including "other") 77,668 11,310 457,348 Table I-1. Interior Spaces (sq. ft.)

What do we know, where will we go?:

What do we know, where will we go? 8 th year of reporting 101 tables (20 reporting trends) 21 figures (1 reporting trend) Research/Cons./Coll. = 8% tables (10% figures) Comparative data for basic resources for conservation/research Ave. 8% of total FTE 2,000-78,620 sq ft. Ave. 8.3% total expenditures, $55,4654 - $1,381,755

Global Strategy for Plant Conservation Targets for conservation metrics:

Global Strategy for Plant Conservation Targets for conservation metrics Target 7: At least 75 % of known threatened plant species conserved in situ . Target 8: At least 75% of threatened plant species in ex situ collections, preferably in the country of origin, and at least 20% available for recovery and restoration programmes. Target 14: The importance of plant diversity and the need for its conservation incorporated into communication, education and public awareness programmes. Target 15: The number of trained people working with appropriate facilities sufficient according to national needs, to achieve the targets of this Strategy. Target 16: Institutions, networks and partnerships for plant conservation established or strengthened at national, regional and international levels to achieve the targets of this Strategy.

Bigger picture questions:

Bigger picture questions How does your garden use the GSPC? How does your Garden use the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation? Does your Garden contribute to and use BGCI Plantsearch ? Public Gardens are a significant resource for botanical capacity Assessing Botanical Capacity to Address Grand Challenges in the United States Havens et al. 2006

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Integration with internal operations : How is conservation integrated into institutional mission, budget, policies, activities, and programs? How is it communicated to staff and board? Integration with external operations : How is the importance of plants and the need for their conservation communicated to garden visitors, funders, partners, researchers, etc? How are collaborations used to support conservation? Ex situ conservation : How are collections built, managed, and used to support research and conservation? In situ conservation and restoration : Does garden own and/or manage natural areas, conduct reintroductions, and how are invasive species dealt with? Education and training : What education and training programs are in place for different audiences on critical botanical and conservation topics? Research : What research programs are in place? Include taxonomy and other basic and applied research topics. Topics for metric development: Breakout groups

Guiding principles, strengths:

Guiding principles, strengths Explore how research and conservation departments best function and interact within the overall mission of the institution How to communicate conservation, botanical, and science messages effectively “The most effective institutions spend ?% of their resources doing what ?”


Objectives* A revised set of questions, with guidelines S trategies for setting up, running, and communicating information about successful research and conservation programs at botanic gardens . * Define the intended role of programs and audience.

Measuring and networking botanic garden conservation capacity:

Measuring and networking botanic garden conservation capacity Abby Hird Botanic Gardens Conservation International U.S. June 24, 2014

Botanic Gardens and Biodiversity Hotspots:

Botanic Gardens and Biodiversity Hotspots

The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC):

The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) Purpose: halt loss of plant diversity Goal: reach 16 Targets by 2020

Five GSPC Objectives:

Five GSPC Objectives Objective I: Plant diversity is well understood, documented and recognized Objective II: Plant diversity is urgently and effectively conserved Objective III: Plant diversity is used in a sustainable and equitable manner Objective IV: Education and awareness about plant diversity, its role in sustainable livelihoods Objective V: The capacities and public engagement necessary to implement the Strategy have been developed

GSPC Targets and Botanic Gardens:

GSPC Targets and Botanic Gardens Target 1: online flora of all known plants Target 2: assess conservation status of all known plants Target 3: share information, research and methods Target 5: secure important ecological regions Target 7: conserve 75% of threatened species in situ Target 8: conserve 75% of threatened species ex situ Target 14: communicate importance of plants Target 15: offer training and facilities for conservation Target 16: strengthen partnerships and networks

International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation:

International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation Framework for bg conservation action Includes GSPC targets and other relevant policies Developed by gardens for gardens 27 U.S. and 21 Canadian signatories 453 signatories globally

Plant Conservation Alliance National Framework for Progress:

Plant Conservation Alliance National Framework for Progress Strategy A: Build networks , prioritize goals, increase funding, promote consistent policy Strategy B: Educate students, the public, policymakers and land managers Strategy C: Promote ecosystem-based management Strategy D: Promote research to support native plant conservation Strategy E: Promote sustainable use of beneficial plants Strategy F: Promote information sharing

GardenSearch data applications:

GardenSearch data applications Global directory of botanical facilities and expertise: # with seed bank: 279 (56 in the U.S.) # with herbarium: 370 (65 in the U.S.) # with computerised plant record system: 542 (175 in the U.S.) # with a conservation program: 375 (103 in the U.S.) involved in reintroduction: 204 (47 in the U.S.) # that interpret threatened plants in collections: 134 (36 in the U.S.) # that offer public education courses: 335 (129 in the U.S.) GardenSearch can help us measure global progress toward relevant GSPC targets

Location of botanic gardens with seed banks:

Location of botanic gardens with seed banks

PlantSearch data applications:

PlantSearch data applications Global status of plants in cultivation and which ones are threatened – monitoring GSPC Target 8 Overview of ex situ collections by country / region Ex situ surveys by taxon (e.g. Magnolias, Oaks) 2010 175 US collections 37 % native taxa in US collections 42% in 1 collection 2014 241 US collections 39% native taxa in US collections 41% in 1 collection

Areas of need:

Areas of need Define scope and audience(s) Prioritize according to global/national/individual needs Quantify parameters when appropriate Consider international applications Coordination among groups Funding

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