The Balkan Botanic Garden of Kroussia, Northern Greece :
a Garden Dedicated to the Conservation of the Native Plants of Greece and The Balkans
in this paper the profile of the Balkan Botanic Garden of Kroussia (BBGK) is outlined and basic illustrations are provided. Τhe location, establishment, facilities, organization and staff of BBGK, as well as the topography, soils and climate of its grounds, are presented. the plant conservation targets and policies formulated by bbgk in order to fulfil its mission are also described. This includes eight different complementary policies. These are the Only Native Plants policy, Important Plant Species (IPS) policy, Explicit Plant Documentation policy, Propagation of the IPS First policy, DNA Barcoding policy, Combined ex situ and in situ Conservation policy, Evaluation for Sustainable Exploitation policy and the Environmental Awareness on Native Plants policy. The living native plant collections of the BBGK are presented quantitatively and the number of plant sections and displays designed in the BBGK and in the newly established Garden of Environmental Awareness are described. BBGK’s mission is to support research, maintenance, propagation, evaluation, conservation and sustainable use of the native plants of Greece and the Balkans, combined with raising public awareness of the environment.
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