New International Code of Invasive alien species for botanic gardens
Following the publication of the European Code of Conduct for Botanic Gardens on Invasive Alien Species (attached), International Association of Botanic Gardens (IABG), Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN/ Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) have agreed to form an informal international working group to consider the preparation of a Global Code for use by all botanic gardens.
Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ) are forming a working group, representing the botanic garden and arboretum community in Australia, New Zealand and the south Pacific.
The remit of the informal working group will be:
• to review the European Code and propose how it could be adapted to meet the situation in different parts of the world,
• draw on the wealth of experience available from those gardens that have successful IAS programmes, both successes and failures,
• assemble all the relevant documents (codes, action plans, etc.)
• harmonize the information and prepare a draft global code
• make proposals for international review
• make proposals for promotion, implementation, follow-up and monitoring of the code
• draw up a timetable of actions
Currently Warren Worboys Curator, Horticulture Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne has responded on the CoE Code of Conduct and we have a similar opinion that generally the Code is behind where we are in Australian horticulture due to quarantine regulations which have always made us look at weed threat potential.