Meeting of the Working Group Education in the Association of Botanic Gardens e.V.

On 31 January and 1 February 2020 the working meeting of the AG Education in the Association of Botanical Gardens took place in Münster. The AG Education supports botanical gardens in the educational development and design of the garden. Innovative concepts for public relations work and educational offers for diverse target groups are developed.

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Plants, Knowledge, Commitment -

Development, testing and dissemination of innovative educational formats at nature conservation academies and botanical gardens

This three-year project aims to promote the idea of sustainability and civil society's commitment to take action in the context of environment and politics. The project should contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the National Biodiversity Strategy and the World Programme of Education for Sustainable Development. The project is funded by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU).

The national project partners are the Association of Botanical Gardens e.V. (VBG), the state-supported national working group of educational institutions in nature and environmental protection (BANU) and the University of Kassel. A total of 8 nature conservation academies and 11 botanical gardens are involved in eight federal states. Within the context of this project, the participating nature conservation academies and botanical gardens of a federal state jointly design innovative event formats and educational offers for their institutions.

In North Rhine-Westphalia the Nature and Environmental Protection Academy NRW in Recklinghausen (NUA), the Bonn Botanical Gardens and the Münster Botanical Garden are participating.

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Support for active nature conservation

An increasing number of wild plant species are threatened in their existence in Germany and some of them have become so rare in recent years that they are currently threatened with extinction.

The project Wild Plant Protection Germany (WIPs De) promotes cultural measures for highly endangered species. From seeds, spores and the reproduction of clones, young plants are grown in Botanic Gardens in conservation cultures for the settlement in natural habitats.

One of these responsible species is the Westphalian Calm Violet (Viola guestphalica, logo of the Botanical Garden Muenster). This endemic violet grows at only one location in North Rhine-Westphalia. Since the end of 2019, the Botanical Garden Muenster has been financially supported by the Federal Agency of Nature Conservation for the conservation culture of the Westphalian Calm Violet in order to ensure the preservation of this responsible species.

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