Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)
BGCI is the world’s largest plant conservation network, with over 600 members, linking botanic gardens around the world in a shared commitment to save threatened plant species and raise awareness about the importance of plants. Their mission is ‘to mobilize botanic gardens and engage partners in securing plant diversity for the well-being of people and the planet’. BGCI’s highly regarded education programme has been running for over 20 years and focuses on information sharing, knowledge transfer and capacity building for plant conservation and sustainability. Since 2010 BGCI has been encouraging botanic gardens worldwide to focus on their social role. BGCI acts as project co-ordinator for BigPicnic, using their broad management expertise to facilitate communication between partners and to ensure the project runs smoothly. Their responsibilities include operational management, developing and managing communication platforms, monitoring and executing project plans, co-ordinating all meetings, ensuring compliance with legal and ethical requirements, and acting as the main link with EU officers.