Botanic Garden of the Irkutsk State University

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Irkutsk Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden of the Irkutsk State University is a botanic garden in Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia.

Prunus pedunculata (pink-flowered shrubs) and Picea pungens (background trees) in spring

It is the only botanic garden in Baikalian Siberia (the Lake Baikal region) and is known as the Irkutsk Botanic Garden. Its mission is "to protect and enrich the flora of the Lake Baikal area and the world for people through public education, collection, propagation, research, and conservation of plants." The garden is principally an educational and scientific tool for the university and maintains the largest living plant collection in the region (more than 5000 plant taxa), an herbarium and a seedbank. It occupies 27 hectares (67 acres) within Irkutsk city, 70 kilometres (43 mi) west of Lake Baikal. It has the status of being federal strictly protected land and a nature memorial of Irkutsk.

Irkutsk Botanic Garden is now used as a cross-disciplinary educational and research facility by different departments and faculties of Irkutsk State University and other universities of the Lake Baikal region, in a broad range of disciplines including botany, zoology, ecology, agronomy, soil science, geography, landscape architecture, management, economics, mathematics, informatics, service and marketing, psychology, social sciences and sociology, and tourism.

On the basis of environmental resources of the university Botanic Garden and Kaya Grove, the Irkutsk Mayor office along with the Irkutsk State University are going to establish a public Irkutsk Botanic Garden as ecological techno-park and tourism and recreation center on the territory of 100 hectares. It is a member of the BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International) and the EABGN (East Asian Botanic Gardens Network).[1]


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  1. ^ "东亚植物园". Archived from the original on 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  2. ^ "Botanic Gardens - ecological resources in the global system of social coordinates" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-05-17.
  3. ^ Dr. Victor Kuzevanov (10 September 2010). "Botanic Gardens of the 21st century" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-05-31.

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Coordinates: 52°15′45″N 104°14′49″E / 52.2625°N 104.2470°E / 52.2625; 104.2470