Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega Attends International Workshop to Establish the National Botanic Garden of Haiti

Friday, October 28, 2011

Between October 23 and 25, an international workshop to establish a national botanic garden in Haiti took place at Port-au-Prince. Botanists, environmental biologists, and landscape architects  from several botanical gardens/universities from Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Haiti, United Kingdom, and USA participated in this meeting. Our Javier Francisco-Ortega delivered a talk on "Developing Patnerships between Universities and Botanic Gardens". During this meeting letters on intent between Florida International University and the Botanic Garden of Cayes and the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic were signed. The three institutions have agreed to work together in: (1) environmental biology education programs based on the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic, (2) conducting a plant endemicity study for Haiti that will provide the basis for future conservation actions, and (3) developing conservation biology projects with threatened palms. Support for this trip was jointly provided by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the College of Arts and Sciences of FIU. Image on the right: Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega delivering his presentation. On the bottom left: Mr. Ricardo Garcia (Director of the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic) and Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega during the signature of the letter of intent. On the bottom right William Cinea (Director of the Botanic Garden of Cayes) signing the letter of intent.