Measuring the success of botanical gardens

Good to see Botanic Gardens Conservation International first technical review online, entitled Defining the botanic garden, and how to measure performance and success.

The definition part turns out to be a compendium of “criteria useful in defining a botanic garden.” The performance measures are rather long lists of indicators in the following areas, ranked by the percentage of correspondents who agreed with each measure:

  • Plant conservation
  • Scientific research
  • Collections
  • Horticulture
  • Public engagement and education
  • Sustainability and ethics
  • Business management and governance

Here’s the overall list:

Is there anything genebanks could learn from these?

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