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OT: Not exactly Iris Science . . .


Found this from an e-mail I regularly receive noting web sites that may be
of interest:

Botanic Gardens: Using Biodiversity to improve human well-being [pdf]
http://www.bgci.org/files/Worldwide/Wellbeing/Presspack/wellbeing.pdf

Comprised of over 800 botanic gardens and botanical institutions located
around the world, the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BCGI)
group frequently produces publications of interest for both the general
public and those interested in the role of such institutions in contemporary
society. This rather intriguing 36-page report, authored by Kerry Waylen,
looks at how botanic gardens across the world are involved in a variety of
projects that use biodiversity to improve human well-being. It is an
ambitious work, and is based upon a rather exhaustive literature review and
a survey of BGCI's members. The report contains information on some specific
programs currently in place, such as the work of the Aburi Botanical Garden
in Ghana, which has successfully improved local access to medicinal plants
by helping communities set up medicinal gardens.  Overall, this is a timely
report that is definitely worth a closer look.

It is a 34 page PDF file, so be sure you have Acrobat, or another PDF reader
loaded on your machine. I've only skipped through it so far, and it looks
interesting. 

Here is the plug they ask to be put in when sharing stuff from the e-mail:

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