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Symposium on Conservation of Palms from Hispaniola at National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic

Fri, May 10, 2013 at 01:49:57 PM

As part of Caribbean palm conservation initiatives sponsored by the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund a symposium was organized at the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic on May 9th, 2013. Main themes of the symposium were conservation education strategies in botanic gardens and the way forward to protect species of Pseudophoenix in Hispaniola. Particularly the Haitian endemic P. lediniana (Critically Endangered status) and two additional species (P. ekmanii (Critically Endangered status) and P. vinifera (no conservation status listed by IUCN). The latter two species are under threat because of extraction of sap to make a local drink known as mabi de cacheo. This was a joint international and inter-institutional event with speakers from the Botanic Garden of Cayes, Haiti (William Cinea), the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic (Alberto Veloz and Rosa Rodriguez (currently performing graduate studies at Florida International University and Fairchild), Montgomery Botanical Center (Chad Husby), and FIU-Fairchild (Javier Francisco-Ortega). The symposium was chaired by Francisco Jimenez (National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic) who also led a discussion group who answered questions from the audience. During the symposium there was a presentation of outreach material (one poster, one folded brochure, and one postcard) that will be used for palm conservation education activities of both the Botanic Garden of Cayes and the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic. Image below. Top:from left to right, Rosa Rodriguez, Francisco Jimenez, William Cinea, Ricardo Garcia (Director of the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic), Javier Francisco-Ortega, and Chad Husby. Bottom: general public attending the symposium.




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