Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden at the Palestine Museum of Natural History is a place to study and learn about the diversity of plants and wildlife in Palestine. The botanical garden became a member within the Global Botanical Gardens Network in 2019, where the botanical garden is based on preserving and protecting more than 360 species of plants present in our Palestinian environment; by protecting what is present or introducing new species and planting them in the garden.

Goals

  • Study plant diversity in our Palestinian environment by watching and collecting samples for study and research
  • Protecting different species of plants found in our Palestinian environment
  • Creating a center for researchers and those interested in plants in our Palestinian environment
  • Create a responsible interaction between society and the surrounding environment through a set of educational models that aim to create a sustainable environmental awareness, based on preserving natural and environmental resources and linking them to the Palestinian cultural heritage
  • Using the acquired knowledge, books, database and samples in order to raise the level of scientific research and develop it in the field of plant diversity
  • Building and indexing an electronic database for plant species in our Palestinian environment
  • Developing a botanical garden based on volunteer work by a group of volunteers from different cultures to form an oasis of cultural diversity

Eco Pond at PMNH

  • The pond works to create aqua biodiversity in the botanical garden in order to increase its biodiversity and attract the living creatures to it.

  • It was built in 2014 with the aim of attracting living creatures, including migratory birds, to be studied while they are around the pond.

  • Many organisms have been introduced to the pond, as three species of frogs, 4 species of dragonflies, 4 species of fresh water snails, fish, crabs, and water turtles, in addition to algae and aquatic plants present in the water.

Western Caspian Turtles at PMNH pond

Objectives

  1. Create aquatic biodiversity that complements the biodiversity found in the botanical garden

  2. Educating visitors about the biodiversity and environmental balance in Palestine

  3. Preserving some species by introducing them to the ecosystem in the pond

  4. Providing a research aspect about the existing biodiversity and its interactions with each other in the pond and the with the other biodiversity in the garden

The Botanical Garden is being developed by generous support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund “CEPF” and the Global Botanic Garden Fund