Jardín Botánico Yachay

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Ecuador - Imbabura - Urcuqui

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International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Jardín Botánico Yachay

The "Jardín Botánico Yachay" (JBY), in Urcuquí, Imbabura, in northern Ecuador, is a new botanic garden project in development since 2014. Spanning ca. 160 ha, it is located in an interandean dry valley with prevailing xerophytic vegetation. Part of ‘Yachay City of Knowledge’ (ciudadyachay.com), this project is a joint initiative between Yachay Public Company and Yachay Tech University. Its mission is the conservation, knowledge and appreciation of the flora of Ecuador through promoting scientific research and the generation of educational, cultural and recreational spaces.

Main Address:
Jardín Botánico Yachay
Hacienda San Eloy
Ciudad del Conocimiento Yachay
Imbabura 100115 Ecuador

Telephone: +593-985271764
URL: http://www.ciudadyachay.com/index.php/jardin-botanico
Primary Email: hromero@yachaytech.edu.ec

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Hugo Romero-Saltos, Ph.D. (Technical Commission President)
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 1
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 3
    Administration Staff Number: 3

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 2014
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 110 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 50 Hectares
  • Total Area: 160 Hectares
    Latitude: 0.421146
    Longitude: -78.186503
    Annual Rainfall: 1800 mm
    Altitude: 2300.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Jardín Botánico Yachay
  • Local Address: Hacienda San Eloy Ciudad del Conocimiento Yachay 100115 Urcuquí, Ecuador
  • Locality: City: Urcuqui
  • Locality: State: Imbabura

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 10
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: No
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 5000
    Number of Volunteers: 3

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:At the moment, we are working to catalogue all live plant collections.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: No
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: No

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: Yes
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: No
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: No