Located on the site of the Montreal Botanical Garden, the Biodiversity Centre is a world-class centre of excellence in biodiversity research and conservation.
The mission of the Biodiversity Centre is to:
- engage in long-term conservation and digitization of major plant, insect and fungi collections
- develop innovative research programs and train a new generation of scientists in disciplines associated with inventorying biodiversity
- coordinate uploading of major biological collections databases housed on the Canadensys network’s portal, and ensure international access
- increase public awareness of the importance of inventorying and preserving biodiversity
The Centre is also supported in its mission by the presence of the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity established in Montreal since 1996.
The partnership between the IRBV and the Montreal Botanical Garden
The Centre, like the IRBV, is a product of the longstanding partnership between the Université de Montréal and the Montreal Botanical Garden. The Centre benefits from the synergy between its major partners in the areas of research, training, conservation and public awareness programs in environmental protection and sustainable development.
The scientific expertise and and biodiversity databases of both the Centre and the Canadensys network are important resources for the educational programs offered by the Montreal Botanical Garden, the Insectarium and the Biodome.
The Centre’s location is ideal for promoting public awareness on issues related to biodiversity conservation and research.
The Centre’s facilities
Inaugurated in 2011, the Centre houses major Quebec collections of plants, insects and fungi. Its facilities include laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art technology and equipment, researchers passionate about discovery, a growing digitized network in the field of biodiversity, classrooms and an exhibition hall.
Displays in the Centre’s exhibition hall educate visitors to the Botanical Garden about biodiversity, practices that threaten it and measures to preserve it. The hall showcases biological collections and the important role of research and training for biodiversity preservation.
A green building
The Biodiversity Centre was designed by Provencher-Roy et Associés Architectes and built by Décarel Inc. according to the internationally-recognized Gold LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and adapted by the Canada Green Building Council. These standards are a key measure of environmentally-sound construction.
Some of the features associated with this designation include a green roof, the collection and reuse of rainwater for toilet flushing and a geothermal system for heating and air conditioning.
For more information, see the case study presented by VoirVert.ca (text in French).