The New Brunswick Botanical Garden subscribes to the mission of most of the largest botanical gardens on the planet. This general mission has been defined by the International Agenda for Botanical Gardens in Conservation and can be resumed as the following:
- Hold back the loss of plant species and their genetic diversity.
- Concentrate on the prevention of degradations in worldwide natural environments.
- Increase public awareness and comprehension on the value of plant diversity and potential threats.
- Engage in practical actions for the benefit and improvement of the natural environment.
- Promote and ensure sustainable management of natural resources by present generations and those to come.
The accomplishment of the mission asks botanical gardens to undertake a large range of activities as suggested in the Agenda. However, the botanical gardens cannot accomplish this mission on their own. They need to work in partnership with many institutions, societies, communities and individuals.
Main elements of the mission
The mission invites the gardens to undertake a large but adjusted strategy for conservation, research and education, in which many elements are presented here:
- Work with national and international policies, as well as structures for biological diversity conservation.
- Establish levels and models accepted by all in the conservation of diversity such as the technique used for in situ and ex situ conservation.
- Support the development of general abilities for conservation by creating multi-level partnerships.
- Expand plant diversity conservation to the level of ecosystems, species, populations and molecular levels.
- Develop, apply and participate in plans and actions that aim for the restoration of species, those of the ecosystem and their diversity.
- Genetically maintain diversity and accessibility of plant species samples in their collections. Especially be cautious of the conservation of endangered species.
- Develop and apply methods of controlling plant parasites that represent a great threat to biodiversity.
- Develop and apply the best practices used by botanical gardens in plant conservation.
- Ensure a complete participation of communities and institutions in the gardens’ program.
ii) Research, monitoring and management of the information
- Stimulate and undertake research on plant biology and the interactions with social, cultural and economic factors which could have an influence on biodiversity. Then, use these results to support conservation action.
- Document the current worldwide plant diversity by connecting its actual distribution of use, preservation, threats, trends and wild conservation environments in protected zones and ex situ collections.
- Contribute to interactive information systems that are integrated, distributed for management and assure the accessibility of plant diversity information.
- Work in collaboration to develop stronger techniques in research, control and management of information.
- Promote botanical gardens as centers for the delivery of information on plant diversity and conservation.
iii) Education and public awareness
- Deliver awareness programs to the public within gardens as well as in communities; inform the public about the value of plant diversity and the human impacts that threaten its survival.
- Develop collaboration and partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as associations in order to increase awareness and understanding of this value.
- Participate in the development of policies and public priorities for environmental protection and biodiversity conservation.
- Work in collaboration to integrate the importance of plant and environmental protection in both formal and informal educational programs.