Director of Batumi Botanical Garden Mr. Irakli Archaia, Deputy Director Levan Abkhazava and International Relations and Program Coordinator Zurab Manvelidze paid a business visit to the Central Botanical Garden of National Science Academy of Azerbaijan (Baku) and Nezahat Gokigit Botanical Garden (Istambul, Turkey) on September 11-17, 2017.
The meeting with the Director of the Central Botanical Garden of National Science Academy of Azerbaijan Doctor Vahid Farzaliev and the management of the structural units was held in the frame of the visit.
The Memorandum of Cooperation was signed, in the frame of which the priority was attached to the measures to be taken during current and coming period: supply of hybrid graft species and planting materials of roses for the Rose Collection of Batumi Botanical Garden, arranging business trip to qualified specialist to the USA for dendrology analysis to share relevant methodology and computer programs and implementing joint expeditions for collection of seeds and planting materials of the species distinguished with bulbous and decorative virtues of Ajara for the collection of Central Botanical Garden of National Science Academy of Azerbaijan.
In the frame of the visit, a meeting was held with the Director of the Botany Institute of National Science Academy of Azerbaijan Academician Valida Alizade and Manager of Plant Systematization Laboratory Doctor Vugar Karimov. During the meeting, a prospect of cooperation for preparing a joint project proposal and searching funding for specifying species diversity and systematization of the family “Nonea” spread in Caucasus was highlighted.
While visiting Nezahat Gokyigit Botanical Garden (Istambul, Turkey), the director of the Garden Doctor Adil Güner introduced and shared experience upon Garden Administration, plant colelctions, seed bank and herbarium fund management, in the direction of running educational and cognitive programs and development of tourist infrastructure to the Represetnatives of Batumi Botanical Garden.
Among the events to be arranged in the current year a visit of two representatives of Herbarium Foundation of Batumi Botanical Garden and sharing experience in the field of Herbarium Management as well as mastering electronic database was identified. With the assistance of Adil Güner business meeting and discussions were organized with famous specielist of Landscape Architect and Design Ricardo Disperatti. In October of current year, Ricardo Disperatti will visit Batumi Botanical Garden, where planning of European Style Garden will be created a basis in the seaside park of Batumi Botanical garden.
The above-mentioned visits crated solid basis to Batumi Botanical Garden for further deepening of the relations with the Central Botanical Garden of National Science Academy of Azerbaijan (Baku) and Nezahat Gokigit Botanical Garden in the frame of the Strategic Plan of CGGI as well as other program documents set with the program.
During the visit the meetings with the representatives of Botanical Organizations and Universities of Azerbaijan and Turkey were also held.