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Toward a Sustainable World
Stewardship for Future Generations
I. verrucosa Isertia verrucosa (Bonpl.) Standl., a member of the coffee family, Rubiaceae, is pollinated by hummingbirds in lowland areas of Venezuelan Guayana.
Photo: Paul Berry
"Considering the importance of plants to the healthy and prosperous survival of humanity in the 21st century and beyond, we should find the necessary resources to conserve them. In fact, anything less is neither intelligent nor worthy of us. Let us determine here and now to take these steps, and take them together."
--Peter H. Raven, addressing the XVI International Botanical Congress

The XVI International Botanical Congress met in St. Louis, gathering more than 5,000 scientists from 80 countries to discuss the vital role of plants in sustaining our planet and the quality of human life.

The Congress focused the attention of the world on new discoveries and encouraged new collaboration - opening doors to knowledge and new research initiatives. It was a clarion call for preserving biological diversity to ensure health and prosperity for all humankind - a priceless gift to future generations.

The challenges of creating a secure and sustainable world are formidable. Through its global program of botanical research, the Garden has become a renowned international forum for the exchange of information and ideas among scientists, corporate leaders, economists, educators, conservationists, and policy makers.

Plant science is at the forefront of the effort to understand, protect, and use Earth's biological resources while there is still time. The Missouri Botanical Garden has dedicated itself to provide leadership and serve as a catalyst for change.

Sustainable World: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
Text and photos from "The Unseen Garden" available from MBG Press.
 
 
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