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Toward a Sustainable World
Botanical Training
Missouri Botanical Garden researchers have been concentrating for many years on collaborative efforts to improve research capacity and training in countries around the world. The programs are designed to encourage and nurture each country's people and institutions, assisting them to build the skills and experience to assume long-term responsibility for the protection and sustainable use of their own botanical resources.

The Garden's contribution to these collaborations depend on local needs. Institution building may be as simple as improving facilities in a local herbarium and providing broader communication with the scientific community. Or it may involve training local residents in herbarium management, research methods, and conservation techniques. Promising students are assisted to pursue graduate study in the U.S.

The Garden has developed and implemented successful botanical training programs in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Madagascar, Peru, Tanzania, and Vietnam. The goal is to assist countries to become self-sufficient in managing their own resources. Botanical training is a key component of conservation biology - the Garden's strategy to preserve biodiversity and promote a sustainable world.

Workshop
Garden botanist Heidi Schmidt (second from right) leads a workshop in herbarium management for botanists from Ghana, Madagascar, and Suriname. Garden training programs help countries with the most diverse floras study and manage their natural resources.
Photo: Tim Parker

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Text and photos from "The Unseen Garden" available from MBG Press.
 
 
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