The South Siberian Botanical Garden of Altai State University is included in the Alliance of Botanical Gardens for Climate Change CCABG

18 November 2020 The South Sibirian Botanical Garden
The South Siberian Botanical Garden of Altai State University is officially included in the Alliance of Botanical Gardens for Climate Change CCABG.

Director of the South Siberian Botanical Garden of Altai State University, Professor Alexandr Shmakov received an official invitation from Peter Simes, curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria (Australia), to join the Alliance of Botanical Gardens CCABG.

“Membership in the Alliance calls us to a mission of commitment to climate change action (big or small) to protect the heritage of our plant collections, landscapes and biodiversity for future generations. Alliance Botanic Gardens must plan for adaptation and risk management for their own collections and the biodiversity being explored , ”said Peter Simes in his address to the SSBG management.

For some countries, this issue is most acute. But the solution for all lies primarily in joining efforts to solve the problems associated with this problem. The representation of Russia in the global Alliance is not yet high, only 12 botanical gardens. At the same time, the Council of the Alliance is always open to participate in the coordinated activities of new members on climate change research aimed at preserving the collections of living plants, landscapes and biodiversity.

“In the emerging community of the Alliance, an exchange of unique opportunities, experiences and perspectives available to its members will be realized. This is very important to support the entire botanical community, both scientists and amateur gardeners, who contribute to the conservation of the planet's phyto-diversity. Community members also benefit. For example, tools and access to resources for assessing climate risks, the experience of leading organizations and an increased personal profile in the community”, says Alexander Shmakov about the motives for including SSBG in the CCABG Alliance.

The key statement, which is laid down in the mission of implementing the global program of the Alliance Council, was announced by Dr. Dave Kendal (University of Tasmania):

“The 'climate world' in which many of our botanical gardens and landscapes were created is gone and we face serious challenges in the future. It has been estimated that over the next 50 years, 20-50% of plants in botanical and urban landscapes will experience temperatures never seen before”.

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