At a global level the RTBG is a member of the Botanic Garden Conservation International (BGCI) and is a signatory to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). The GSPC 2010 targets outline our obligations and commitments relating to threatened plant species and biodiversity conservation, sustainable operational practices and education, and a commitment to working towards addressing the issues associated with climate change.
Climate change has created a major new challenge for botanic gardens worldwide, in 2008 the Heads of Australia’s Botanic Gardens and Herbaria from all States and Territories endorsed a National Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation by Australia’s Botanic Gardens. This Strategy outlines an agenda to develop a coordinated national perspective and increase the value and power of the role of botanic gardens in integrated plant and ecosystem conservation.
The RTBG is a member of SeedSafe, the Tasmanian partnership in the global Millennium Seed Bank Project (MSBP). The MSBP is an international seed conservation program coordinated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. In just under ten years the MSBP has secured 24,200 species from across the globe into long-term storage. SeedSafe established the Tasmanian Seed Conservation Centre at the RTBG and aims to collect and conserve 800 plant species native to Tasmania, and collect and conserve at least 60% of Tasmania’s threatened flora by 2010.