Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens


The Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens (ERA) is a global consortium of botanic gardens actively engaged in ecological restoration. Members of the Alliance have agreed to support efforts to scale up the restoration of damaged, degraded and destroyed ecosystems around the world, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations’ target to restore 15 per cent of the world’s degraded ecosystems by 2020.


Our mission:
To mobilize botanic gardens, arboreta and seed banks to carry out science-based ecological restoration by marshalling their expertise, networks, and resources to help achieve the restoration outcomes needed for human well-being and a sustainable future for life on Earth.


Our goals:
1.    Work with local partners to set up, maintain and document a series of long term sustainable exemplar restoration projects in diverse biophysical, political, and cultural contexts around the globe that provide training and demonstrate the value of a carefully designed, science-driven approach to sustainable ecological restoration.
2.    Improve the quality and volume of science-based ecological restoration practice by deploying scientific and horticultural skills to applied work on the ground.
3.    Conduct ecological restoration research, to develop an enhanced knowledge base for restoration and identify and inform best practice.
4.    Disseminate research and lessons learnt from projects.
5.    Build expertise and restoration capacity through collaborations between botanic gardens, large and small, as well as with partners in local communities, professional societies, academia, industry, government, NGOs and international bodies.


Our strategy:

Download our five year strategy (2015 - 2020) here.


Connect People | Share Knowledge | Restore Ecosystems


Our members:

Executive Council members:

  • Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)
  • Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Australia
  • Missouri Botanical Garden, USA


  •  Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK
  •  Brackenhurst Botanic Garden, Kenya
  •  Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK
  •  Instituto de Ecología, A.C. “Francisco Javier Clavijero Botanic Garden”, Mexico
  •  National Tropical Botanical Garden, USA
  •  Rio de Janeiro Botanic Garden, Brazil
  •  Royal Botanical Gardens, Canada
  •  The Eden Project, UK
  •  South China Botanical Garden, China
  •  Royal Botanic Garden, Jordan
  •  Korea National Arboretum, Korea
  •  Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, UK
  •  Chicago Botanic Garden, USA
  •  The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Australia
  •  Tooro Botanical Garden, Uganda
  •  Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, USA
  •  New York Botanical Garden, USA
  •  Jardin Botanico Regional de Cadereyta, Ing. Manuel Gonzalez de Cosio, Mexico
  •  Meise Botanic Garden, Belgium
  •  Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Hong Kong
  •  Dawes Arboretum, USA
  •  Atlanta Botanical Garden, USA
  •  The Morton Arboretum, USA
  •  Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, China

The Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens is coordinated by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).


Restoration of arid coastal habitat at Shark Bay Salt, a solar salt farm, in Western Australia. Photo credit: Barney Wilczak