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Sustainable water use and climate change to feature at 2017 Botanic Gardens Congress in Adelaide

Sustainable water use and climate change to feature at 2017 Botanic Gardens Congress in Adelaide
October 16, 2017

Climate change, saving threatened plant species and keeping gardens relevant in a modern world will be among issues tackled when plant scientists, botanists, administrators and educators from around the world meet in Adelaide next week.

Being held at the National Wine Centre, adjoining the Adelaide Botanic Garden, the Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ) Biennial Congress is expected to attract more than 100 delegates from a diverse range of disciplines and from as far afield as Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and the UK.

With the theme Preservation: Exploring and Adapting, delegates will tour the Adelaide Botanic Garden on Sunday and have the opportunity to go on field trips to the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden in the Adelaide Hills, Currency Creek Eucalypt Arboretum and the Wittunga Botanic Garden in Blackwood.

Sustainable water use and the impact of climate change on botanic gardens are key items on the Congress agenda.

Adelaide Botanic Garden Director Lucy Sutherland said it was the first time the congress had been held in Adelaide and provided an excellent opportunity for South Australia to showcase its gardens.

Sutherland explained “a number of the challenges (that) we face other botanic gardens also face so it is always nice to see what others are doing about it.

“Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne all have collections that contain a number of European species so as we go to a hotter, drier climate the current collections we have are going to be really challenged.

“Managing water use is a challenge for any botanic garden - our collections are living and all require water so one of the things people will be very interested in is our First Creek Wetland.”

BGANZ President John Sandham said botanic gardens played a critical role in engaging communities on issues that threatened the world’s biodiversity.

Sandham added “we’re so lucky that botanic gardens representatives and experts in plant science and horticulture from around Australia, New Zealand and the world will come together in Adelaide to share their expertise and lessons learnt.

“As a community we can then develop strategies to adapt and evolve to the environment and society’s ever-changing needs.”

The conference is being held from 22nd to 25th October. 

Click here for Congress details in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar. 

Image: The Adelaide Botanic Garden's Conservatory.

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