Atlanta Botanical Garden and BGCI are excited to launch the Global Conservation Consortium for Magnolia, one of the global conservation consortia being developed for various plant groups by BGCI.
Magnolia, a genus of about 320 species, are widely appreciated around the world for their ornamental qualities and as sources of medicines and timber. However, many are also imperiled. Published in 2016, The Red List of Magnoliaceae concluded that 47% of Magnolia species are threatened with extinction in the wild. As some species of Magnolia have been found to be 'exceptional' or unable to be conserved via traditional seedbanking practices, living collections are a critical tool within the integrated conservation of the group. The goal of the Global Conservation Consortium for Magnolia is to mobilize a coordinated network of institutions who work collaboratively to develop and implement a comprehensive conservation strategy to prevent extinction of the world's Magnolia species.
There are many ways to be involved in the GCC Magnolia via a number of roles: Consortium Lead (held by Atlanta Botanical Garden), Consortium Steering Committee (CSC), Species Champions, Safe Sites, and Affiliates. We will be hosting two online meetings of the GCCM to provide more information about the consortium structure, answer questions from attendees and discuss future activities. We invite you to attend the meeting which is most suitable for your timezone as we aim to reach a global audience. Both meetings will cover the same material and recordings will be circulated following the sessions. Please click the links below to register for the meeting in order to get a link to join:
Meeting: September 28th @ 12 pm EDT:
Meeting: September 30th @ 10 pm EDT:
If you are interested in joining the Global Conservation Consortium for Magnolia or have any questions you can contact, Dr. Emily Coffey, Vice President of Conservation and Research (email@example.com). Please also feel free to share this information and invitation with colleagues in your networks, who may also be interested in joining the consortium.