On September 8, 2017 Batumi Botanical Garden hosted the Central Asian and Caucasus School for Ecological Education (CACSEE), having been established in 2014 in Berlin (Germany).
Previously planned lecturing and excursion recourse was directed towards the content of analysis of rich plant collections of the Garden, being based on such principles of the activity of classical botanical gardens, as Geography, systematics, morphology-anatomy, complex research methodology of the objects, phyto-sanitary monitoring, resource study, landscape planning, possibilities of protection and restoration of the species protected with Global and National Red List, environmental education, etc.
The students and lecturers with the specialty of Biology from seven leading countries of the world were welcomed and wished further success by the Deputy Director of the Garden Mr. Bidzina Pertselidze,
The head of Exotic Plants Deparment Ms. Julieta Jakeli and Dendrologist of the Garden Mr. Gia Bolkvade delivered a lecture and excursion course; the head of Local Flora and Conservation Department Mr. David Kharazishvili talked about the samples protected in relic forests of Kolkheti and Herbarium Collection. Leading specialists of the Garden Tamara Tskhoidze and Maria Ovchinikova talked about the activity of the seed-growing foundation – edition of the list of seeds (Index Seminum), cooperation with the World Botanical Gardens, the methods of seed collection on the territory of the Garden and as the result of expedition, Technical personnel of the Seed-Growing Fund – Gulnara Chkhaidze and Neli Zoidze prepared the samples of 10 species of seeds included in the List N44 of the Garden Seed collection of 2016-2017, being granted to them.
The organizers and participants of the Eco-School thanked the Administration of Batumi Botanical Garden and the Staff for hurtful reception, hospitality and interesting lectures, expressing willingness for further business relationship.
It is noteworthy that the aim of the Eco-School is to introduce young students from higher institutions, researchers, lecturer and persons interested in travelling with the biological diversity of Caucasus and Central Asia, protected areas, non-living monuments of the Nature and cultural heritage. Basic plan of the Eco-School is to study ecological conditions of the regions being closely related to economic and social aspects.