National Issues Forum Updates

Are Public Gardens Prepared for the Nagoya Protocol?

Does your garden grow, share, sell, or import plants from other countries? Check out this new article titled “An Access and Benefit Sharing Survey for Botanic Gardens: Are They Prepared for the Nagoya Protocol?” for what you need to know. Publishers of the South African Journal of Botany have made it available free for a limited time to the authors’ networks:

The article analyzes results of a 2012 baseline survey conducted during the first phase of APGA’s National Issues Forum gauged members’ knowledge, perceptions, and current practices related to the Convention of Biological Diversity. A similar survey was sent to international gardens by Botanic Gardens Conservation International.  APGA continues to provide updates through its online Study Hall, conference sessions, and recent Plant Collections Symposium working with collaborators at BGCI, Kew, and Stellenbosch, South Africa. 


US-Canadian Plant Health Regulations Coordinated

United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have developed new plant health work plans coordinating post-entry quarantines, regulations on wood packing materials, and electronic phytosanitary certificates.

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National Issues Forum

  • Implications of the Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Access to Genetic Resources and Sharing of Benefits
  • New plant importation regulatory category: "Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Analysis"

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 1. Knowledge Gathering and Critical Analysis

What's at Stake?

People  - who's involved

Baseline Survey - results

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2. APGA Community Engagement

Join our Discussion - contribute your ideas

Study Hall - become informed

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 3. Face2Face Summit

October 24-26, 2012, US National Arboretum, Washington, DC

Issues experts, policy-makers, and public garden professionals  convene in the nation's capital to develop guidelines for gardens determining their course of action in light of emerging issues. 

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4. APGA Results and Implementation

Analyzes issues and their impact on public gardens. Captures background data, shares APGA community input from Discussion Forum and Face2Face Summit, provides guidance from subject experts, and makes recommendations.


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