Over 150 botanists visited Chios in the framework of the 6th European Botanic Gardens Congress, implemented by ARTION Conferences & Events, that was held at the Homerion Cultural Centre of Chios Municipality, organized by Botanic Gardens Conservation International,the Balkan Botanic Garden of Kroussia (Β.Β.G.Κ.), under the auspices ofthe Hellenic Agricultural Organisation – DEMETER, the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the Hellenic Society of Ethnopharmacology and a number of Higher Education Institutes. The event was also strongly supported and co-organised by the Prefectural Unit of Chios, the Municipality of Chios, the Legal Entity of Public law ofChios Municipality, the Hellenic Botanical Society and the Green Fund.
On 26 May 2012, at the facilities of the Maria Tsakou Foundation, Chios welcomed the National Representatives of the European Botanic GardensConsortium, while two days later, on 28 May 2012, the Homerion Cultural Centre of Chios Municipality opened its doors to the 6th European BotanicGardens Congress. The decision to hold the European Congress in Chios this year was largely influenced by the island’s mediterranean flora and the re-establishment of the Aegean Botanic Garden.
The Congress included a rich scientific and social programme, with over 200 Botanists from over 30 countries working together in order topromote effective actions for the conservation of the flora and the networking of botanic gardens with research and academic institutions, environmental networks and other interested parties, and also in order to present botanic gardens as centres of sustainable development, prosperity, environmental education and awareness.
ARTION Conferences & Events was responsible for supervising the event,welcomed the participants to the island of Chios and showed them around the beautiful island.