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Using botanical gardens and biodiversity for human wellbeing
Education is a key component of any project that wishes to inform and enable people to improve their lives. For example, in Uganda, Makere University Botanic Garden used lectures and demonstrations to educate women and childrens groups in the usefulness of certain plants species: these groups have now set up tree and herbal nurseries to cultivate useful species, especially those that take a long time to reach maturity and those with multiple uses.
It is important that educators in botanical gardens are given the training and resources needed to communicate effectively the information and skills that can enhance the use of plants for wellbeing. (...)
Plants grown in botanical gardens can improve human lives
(...) Other botanical gardens perform research that has direct implications for more distant communities: the Botanical and Experimental Garden of Radboud University in the Netherlands investigates the properties of its African Solanum accessions to provide an unambiguous and comprehensive guide to 'safe to eat' nightshades that also satisfies consumer taste preferences.
Research can also have implications for local healthcare. For example, in Senegal the Garden for Useful Plant Experimentation (JEPU) is inventorying, cultivating and evaluating traditional medicinal plants and their management systems, to establish a system of medicine that is sustainable and meets local needs. (...)
Modern health care and plant based medicines linked to botanical gardens
(...) They have subsequently gone on to set up individual gardens for medicinal plant cultivation, and are also planning a communal garden for this purpose.
Gardens often work closely with local healthcare institutions to ensure local needs are met. For example, in South Africa, Garden Route Botanical Garden works with local people to facilitate their access to and use of medicinal plants: this project was started at the instigation of the Kynsna Municipal Healthcare clinic, to help them manage demand for their services. (...)
Botanical gardens may improve nutrition by providing plant products
(...) In addition, projects for home gardens can easily encourage direct improvements in both food and healthcare through the appropriate combination of plantings, as demonstrated by gardens set up near Lucknow, India.
Promoting home gardens is especially effective when supported by the results of research and development that have focused on local needs. For example, Skeffington describes how the National Botanic Garden of Cuba works to improve the diets and self-sufficiency of Cubans. (...)
Financial poverty of underdeveloped countries reduced by botanic gardens
Botanical gardens are most often able to contribute to income generation by educating and empowering local people in how to use plants to make useful products that can be sold. These plants products are often related to healthcare. For example, Przelewice Arboretum in Poland runs a training programme "Frauenhände bringen Geld" to teach unemployed women how to produce natural soaps and cultivate plants for heathcare, and supports this practical knowledge with talks on management by the tax and labour offices. (...)
Botanic gardens also bring community and social benefits
(...) With the assistance of BGCI this garden is currently supporting the development of a women's tree nursery.
Of course, many projects that focus on other aspects of well-being can also address social problems. Home garden projects have often tackled inequality and discrimination by focusing on helping the poorest sectors of society and working with women. (...)
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