Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Working with a multi-disciplinary team from the Global Pathways network we were asked to analyse the implications of Sustainable Development and Agenda 21 for the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and particularly for the role of the Centre for Economic Botany. The study brought staff ideas together in a variety of participative ways to appraise the strengths and weaknesses of the institution's to support Agenda 21 through its internal capabilities and external network links. We went on to assist the Conservation Projects Development Unit of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to prepare a strategic plan to address its future role and activities in the light of the Convention on Biological Diversity and Agenda 21 and the new policy objectives of the Royal Botanic Gardens overall. It analysed funding opportunities and presented methods for furthering networked capacity building for the conservation role of the Living Collections Department.