Knowledge for Development

Botanic Gardens Conservation International

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Date: 21/09/2011

Introduction:

The BGCI organisation notes that local knowledge is important and valuable. As many traditional and indigenous cultures are being eroded, it is important that they are recorded and/or promoted within the communities, so the knowledge is not lost. This knowledge can be an important means of supporting research on useful plants, understanding plant properties and cultivation, and helping local communities to improve their well-being. Botanic gardens are useful for recording and maintaining traditions and local knowledge of plant use. They can also contribute to equitable conservation and research on useful plants. Education and outreach focused on indigenous and local knowledge can help gardens to connect with their local communities, and to encourage the conservation of local knowledge and traditions related to plants. The website notes some relevant websites and articles relating to exploiting indigenous species.

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