報告題目：How botanical gardens can support sustainable development of city through their missions and contribute to protect biodiversity.
Botanical gardens can provide highly rewarding experiences for their visitors, whether an individual’s goal is to study the plant collections, delight in the beauty of specimens, seek refuge from a hectic work life, or simply to reconnect with the natural world. But in the beginning of this XXIe Century, Botanical gardens cannot be only oriented only in plant collections, conservation, education, landscape and research. Increasingly, botanical gardens are recognizing that they can no longer serve as insular organizations that limit their offerings to those occurring within their gates. Many are now reaching out to their communities to address very real needs of residents and neighborhoods. Botanical gardens exist because of its public and social role. Most of botanical gardens are funded by public money and therefore must have a strong social role as well as a positive impact on the daily life of citizens. Because of the numerous critical environmental challenges and health issues of the XXIe century, this lecture will addressed how Botanical Gardens, can contribute to the sustainable development of modern cities as well as educate people about the new challenge humanity is facing towards biodiversity losses and other environmental issues.
Gilles Vincent C.Q, was a botanist at the Montreal Botanical Garden from 1982 to 1994. From 1995 to 1996, he was Environmental Issues Coordinator for the City of Montreal. In 1997, he was appointed Director of the Montreal Botanical Garden. In 1999, he accepted a position with a business firm, which he held until 2003, when he was once again appointed Director of the Garden, a position he held since April 2014. In May 2014, he was appointed as the Special Advisor of the Executive President of Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden by the Shanghai Landscape & City Appearance Bureau of the City of Shanghai.
He has presided over several projects at the University of Montreal, the Government of Canada, and the Quebec government, and has published several academic papers. He has received the National Agricultural Merit Award (Ordre National du MériteAgricole) from the Ministry of Agriculture (France, 2010) and the Insignia of the Ordre national du Québec. Professor Vincent has become a renowned specialist in biotechnology, specifically in the use of aquatic plants for wastewater treatment. His main research work involves the water treatment technology of constructed wetlands and the remediation technology of heavy metal contaminated soil, which has a lot of practical experience.