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The Conservation and Biodiversity Benchmarking platform allows you to download customized reports with real-world impacts:

  • What is my garden doing for plant conservation, and how does it support the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation/North American Strategy for Plant Conservation?
  • How do I compare with peers in my region, budget size, country, and continent?
  • Where is conservation capacity missing in my garden, region, country, and continent?
  • What are some easy and not-so-easy targets that my garden could aim for if we want to increase our plant conservation and biodiversity capacity?

Reports on the five core topic areas: Leadership & Governance, Ex situ Conservation, in situ Conservation, Research & Expertise, and Education & Communication, will provide your garden's leadership and stakeholders with quantifiable statements on plant conservation and biodiversity accomplishments and efforts.

The BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION Attribute of the Public Gardens Sustainability Index and Benchmarking platforms have been intentionally aligned with North American Strategy for Plant Conservation and the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

The Conservation and Biodiversity Benchmarking Platform is a joint project of the American Public Gardens Association and Botanical Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).

The North American Plant Conservation Initiative released the 2016-2020 North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Plant Conservation, an updated continent-wide plan to recover, conserve, and protect the plants of North America. This initiative unites the American Public Gardens Association, Botanic Gardens Conservation International US (BGCI-US), The Center for Plant Conservation (CPC), The Mexican Association of Botanic Gardens (AMJB), and the Plant Conservation Alliance Non-Federal Cooperators Committee (PCA-NFCC) as they bring the collective power and resources of over 1000 gardens and related organizations to bear on this one critical issue.

American Public Gardens Association and the US Forest Service recognize a longstanding partnership and mutual interest in conserving and managing biological diversity, and our common desire to expand our work together throughout the country.

Conservation and Biodiversity Benchmarking is made possible with generous support from the United States Botanic Garden.