Practice the science of plant propagation and understand the logistics and financing of ecosystem restoration at the Cartagena Botanical Garden’s seed bank and research nursery.
In the “United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021–2030)” planting native species plays a quintessential role in achieving restoration goals. But: where do these plants come from? which plant species are suitable for restoration of one of the most endangered ecosystems on earth, the Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest? What are the financing costs of producing and planting plants for restoration? The Cartagena Botanical Garden is the leading institution in research and education for the conservation of the biodiversity of the Colombian Caribbean Region. Its well-established seed bank and research nursery are the heart of its long-standing and successful seasonally dry tropical forest restoration program. This field course is designed to introduce students and professionals to the science of plant seed banking and propagation, as well as highlight the logistic necessities and financial considerations when embarking in an ecosystem restoration project. The field course will be held at the Cartagena Botanical Garden, and involves hands-on experience in fruit collecting, record accessioning, seed extraction, seed banking, pre-germination treatments, sowing practices, seedling planting, seed viability assessments, and calculation of germination and growth rate estimates. The field course, led by the staff of the Cartagena Botanical Garden includes transport from the conference venue to and from the Cartagena Botanical Garden (45 mins. ride), garden entry fee, and a refreshment. Total field course time (including transport) four hours.
Seed banking and propagation for restoration projects: a hands-on experience at the Cartagena Botanical Garden
Saturday July 9th- Morning (4h, 8:00am-12:00m)