Federal Environment Minister, Peter Garrett announces a national strategy to fight climate change for Australian Botanic Gardens.
The National Strategy and Action Plan for the Role of Australia's Botanic Gardens in Adapting to Climate Change was endorsed by federal, state and territory environment ministers on 8 November 2008.
Mr Garrett is responsible for the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra, home to the country's largest living collection of native plants, with 6,300 species, one-third of the Australian flora and 500,000 visitors a year.
Regarding the document, Mr Garrett said "Our botanic gardens have a proud history, dating back to the days when they helped early European settlers find food crops and ornamental plants that would survive the harsh unfamiliar conditions".
"In the early twentieth century the gardens began focusing on plant conservation, researching threatened species, investigating, propagation and restoration in the wild and establishing seedbanks. It is now time to muster all their resources, skills and activities in a coordinated strategy to support plant conservation".
The national climate change strategy includes:
- Prioritising and coordinating seed bank collection, an enduring safety net for our plant genetic resources and an an investment against species loss.
- Priorities for living collections.
- A coordinated national education campaign for the 13.4 million visitors a year.
You can download the strategy below or obtain more information via the Australian National Botanic Garden website.