Botanical Garden will host the delegations of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London) and the Singapore Botanic Gardens – the only botanical gardens, alongside Padua, to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
A Public meeting will take place, with an opening speech by Adele Cesi, Head of National Focal Point for UNESCO, Ministry of Culture. The focus will be on understanding what Exceptional Universal Value means, to become more aware that being a World Heritage Site is an actual and daily commitment.
Alexandre Antonelli, Director of Science of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Gillian Khew Su-Wen, Centre Director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and Tomas Morosinotto, Prefect of the University of Padua, will then explain why these botanical gardens were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites and what scientific projects and activities they are carrying out, in terms of promotion and management.
But what does protecting cultural heritage and biodiversity entail? How important is botanical heritage in economic, cultural, and social terms? Rosario Schicchi, director of the University of Palermo Botanical Garden, Renato Bruni, director of the University of Parma Botanical Garden, and Lorenzo Cecchi, curator of the botany collections at the University of Florence Museum of Natural History, will join the roundtable discussion ” Safeguarding biodiversity.
A challenge for the future”, moderated by Elena Canadelli, Head of Botanical Museum, University of Padua.