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  About BERC-Til Botanic Gardens:
       Introduction:
        
Due to several factors plant biodiversity of Palestine is exposed to a great deal of threats
            and impacts. These factors include habitat degradation and destruction, illegal collection of
            protected plants, expansion of urban areas and transportation means, introduction and
            invasion of exotic floral species, and unbalanced water use.

            BERC has responded to this situation by establishing the BERC-Til Botanic Gardens, as
            collections of living plants, to serve as sites for recreation, education, and biodiversity
            conservation, and in developing human understanding for plant diversity and its value for
            human’s welfare. The Gardens help people to appreciate and understand the ecological,
            aesthetic, economic, and medicinal values of these plants. Also, botanic gardens help
            conserve threatened and endangered plants.

            The main idea of the BERC-Til Botanic Gardens (BERC-Til BG) (established 2003) is centered
            on contributing towards better management of the earth environment by increasing
            knowledge and understanding of plants and fungi on the basis that they constitute the
            foundation of life on earth.

   
   Mission:
        
BERC-Til BG’s mission is to discover the world of plants and explain its features to society
            members and visitors. Its main work is centered on the study of plants especially their
            taxonomy, diversity, interactions, and their importance in the environment.

       Ob
jectives:
        
General objective: The main objective of the BERC-Til BG is to establish educational and
              research botanic gardens that would serve in the dissemination of knowledge about plants,
              plant conservation, biodiversity assessment and management, herbarium and botanic
              gardens management, and medicinal plants.
            
Detailed objectives:
            
 1. To establish the BERC-Til BG as a national leader in the interpretation and teaching of
                  systematic botany and fungi, conservation of a wide range of endangered and
                  threatened plants and their habitats, biodiversity assessment and management, and
                  herbarium and botanic gardens management.
              2. To establish an educational and research unit that would carry out applied research
                  aiming at plant conservation using advanced technologies, and disseminate knowledge
                  and understanding of the value and importance of plants to the public.

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      3. To produce basic and applied information on biodiversity and environmental
                       resources and to manage and communicate this to all our stakeholders.
                  4. To share our knowledge effectively on as wide a front as possible.
                  5. To increase public knowledge and understanding of the value and vital importance of
                      plants.
                  6. To assist actively in capacity-building biodiversity, environmental sciences, and related
                      biotechnology.
                  7. To network effectively with leading universities, research centers, colleges, schools and
                      other similar institutions to develop research and education in biodiversity and
                      environmental sciences.
                  8. To provide a recreation site by making use of plants multipurpose uses including their
                      effects on environmental health and aesthetic values. 

Functions:
             
The gardens perform the following functions through BERC: plant diversity and economic
                   genetic resources conservation and development, using in situ and ex situ techniques,
                   dissemination of knowledge and understanding of the value and importance of plants to
                   the public, provision of a recreation site, and provision of an environment  for research,
                   learning, and training.

            
Board of Trustees:
                   BERC-Til BGs are governed by a Board of Trustees Comprising ten members:
                      A. Three members representing Til Village Council:
                            1. Mr. Omar A-L. Shtayeh
                            2. Mr. Sami D. Hindi
                            3. Mr. Said M. Rihan
                      B. Three members representing BERC
                            4. Prof. Moh’d S. Shtayeh
                            5. Eng. Samer Kalbuneh
                            6. Ms. Rana M. Jamous
                      C. Two members representing local community
                            7. Dr. Moh’d I. Shtayeh (Minister, PA)
                            8. Prof. Sami M. Jaber
                      D. Two members representing women
                            9. Mrs. Manal Zeidan
                          10. Ms. Oraib Ramadan

  Visitors Information:
       Planning Your Visit:
           -  How to find us: You can reach the gardens by bus from Nablus Western Main Bus
              Station, through Til Road adjacent to an-Najah University, to the west of Til
              village, the Gardens are only a few meters from Til Secondary School for Girls. If
              you are coming from Qalqilia or Tulkarem, you might choose to take the Qalqilia –
              Nablus Road, and then at Sarra Village Junction, drive on to Til(only one Km
              away).
           -  Opening times: 8 a.m – 15:30 p.m. every day except Friday and Official holidays).
           -  Admission prices (contact info@berc.ps, tel 09-2346-147, 09-2346406)
           -  Group bookings (contact info@berc.ps, tel 09-2346-147, 09-2346406)
           -  School visits (contact info@berc.ps, tel 09-2346-147, 09-2346406)
           -  Garden regulations
           -  Guided tours (contact info@berc.ps, tel 09-2346-147, 09-2346406)
           -  Self – guided trails (contact info@berc.ps, tel 09-2346-147, 09-2346406)


 
Conservation & Sustainable Use:
       Objectives:
        
 The Botanic Gardens’ goals in plant conservation are based on experience in plant sciences
             available at BERC. Its goals are:
              1. To carry out botanic research that aims at documenting information on Palestinian plants
                  and their characteristics.
              2. To carry out taxonomic research on threatened plants and their habitats and publish the
                   results to be accessed by people working in biodiversity conservation.
              3. To carry out ethnobotanic studies on plants used in Palestinian herbal medicine, and carry
                  out ecological and genetic studies on threatened medicinal species species.
              4. Increase public awareness through environmental education programs.
              5. Conduct training courses in plant conservation techniques.
              6. Participate in the conservation of vegetation cover by keeping and maintaining nature
                  reserves.

      Conservation Strategies and Practices:
              The BERC-Til BGs are working to be one of the leading plant and fungal conservation centers
               in Palestine. Conservation programs are undertaken on a range of endangered and threatened
               plants and their habitats. A range of techniques, including storage of seeds are used to
               support both ex situ and in situ conservation projects.

               BERC-Til BG activities and initiatives in the field of conservation include:
                  - Seed conservation at BERC’s Community-based Seed Bank
                  - Training courses in plant conservation techniques
                  - Research on the commercial use of wild and traditionally managed plants in Palestine
                  - Participating in collaborative research throughout the world

               BERC-Til BGs activities also contribute to the implementation of the objectives of the
               Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), namely the conservation of biodiversity, the
               sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising
               from access to genetic resources.

 
Collections:
    Living Collections
      A-
Trees and Shrubs:

                         
List of Trees and Shrubs at BERC-Til Botanic Gardens

Common Name

Family Name

Latin Name

Acacia

Mimosaceae

Acacia  sp.

Sponge Tree

Mimosaceae

Acacia farnesiana

Blue Leaf Wattle

Mimosaceae

Acacia saligna

Bean Trefoil

Papilionaceae

Anagyris foetida

Shrubby Saltbush

Chenopodiaceae

Atriplex halimus

Bauhinia

Caesalpiniaceae

Bauhinia purpurea

River Sheoak

Casuarinaceae

Casuarina cunninghamiana

Nettle Tree

Ulmaceae

Celtis australis

Carob

Caesalpinaceae

Ceratonia siliqua

Love Tree

Caesalpiniaceae

Cercis siliquastrum

Spiny Hawthorn

Rosaceae

Crataegus aronia

Arzonica

Cupressaceae

Cupressus arizonica

Cypress

Cupressaceae

Cupressus sempervirens

Linden

Elaeagnaceae

Elaeagnus angustifolia

Red River Gum

Myrtaceae

Eucalyptus camaldulensis

Fig Tree

Moraceae

Ficus carica

Common English Ivy

Araliaceae

Hedera helix

Jacaranda

Caesalpinaceae

Jacaranda mimosaefolia

Yellow Sage

Verbenaceae

Lantana camara

Fountain Palm

Arecaceae (Palmae)

Livistona australis

Myrtle

Myrtaceae

Myrtus communis

Rose Bay

Apocynaceae

Nerium oleander

Olive Tree

Oleaceae

Olea europaea

Date Palm

Arecaceae (Palmae)

Phoenix dactylifera

Cyprus Pine

Pinaceae

Pinus brutia

Aleppo Pine

Pinaceae

Pinus halepensis

Stone Pine

Pinaceae

Pinus pinea

Atlantic Pistachio

Anacardiaceae

Pistacia atlantica

Mastic Tree

Anacardiaceae

Pistacia lentiscus

Palestinian Pistachio

Anacardiaceae

Pistacia palaestina

Poplar

Salicaceae

Populus euphratica

Poplar

Salicaceae

Populus nigra

Syrian Pear

Rosaceae

Pyrus syriaca

Kermes Oak

Fagaceae

Quercus calliprinos

White Broom

Papilionaceae

Retama raetam

Palestine Buckthorn

Rhamnaceae

Rhamnus palaestinus

Roses

Rosaceae

Rosa sp.

Butchers Broom

Liliaceae

Ruscus aculeatus

African Rue

Rutaceae

Ruta chalepensis

Common Sage

Labiatae (Lamiaceae)

Salvia fruticosa

Storax

Styracaceae

Styrax officinalis

Athel

Tamaricaceae

Tamarix aphylla

Syrian Christ-thorn

Rhamnaceae

Ziziphus spina-christi


      B- Fig Collection
:
                                        
                                       
Fig Collection at BERC-Til Botanic Gardens

Arabic

Name

عجلوني

Ajloni

عناقي

Enaqi

بلاطي

Blatti

غزالي

Ghazali

حماضي

Hmadi

حماضي-بياضي

Hmadi – Biadi

حماري

Hmari

خروبي

Kharroubi

خضاري

Khdari

خرطماني

Khortmani

موازي

Mwazi

نعيمي

Nei’mi

قراعي

Qrai

صفاري

Sfari

سوادي

Swadi

زراقي

Zraqi

      C- Ethnobotanic Conservation Site
          
- List of medicinal plants growing at the Ethnobotanic Conservation Site

      D- BERC Community Based Seed Bank
          
List of Seeds Stored at the BERC Community Based Seed Bank Facility

      D- Herbarium Collections
:
               - Botanical Specimens  BERC Herbarium – Shokry Tani Collection
           - Mycological specimens (BERC Fungal Culture Collection) (in preparation).


 
Science & Horticulture
       Scientific Research:
          
At BERC-Til BG, our research focuses mainly on the gardens’ plant collections, both living
              and preserved. Research, documentation and conservation are all based on the gardens
              collections. The living collections and horticultural skills that care for them are a resource
              for ex situ and its integration with habitat restoration and species reintroduction.

      
Garden features (in preparation)
               - Carob Garden
               - Fig Collection
               - Poplar Garden
               - Roses Garden
               - Linden Garden
               - Jacaranda Garden
               - Acacia Garden
               - Oak Forest
               - Red Bud Garden
               - Pistachio Garden
               - Rock Garden
               - Pine Forest
               - Aquatic Garden
               - Red River Gum Garden
               - Storax Garden
               - Ethnobotanic Conservation Site
               - New Hakoura (Family Garden)
               - Local Crop Landraces Conservation Site

 
How You Can Help
       Support the BERC-Til Botanic Gardens:
               Plants are very important for us. They are the basis of all life on Earth – they regulate climate,
               provide us with the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat. Some support other species of
               plants, animals and fungi. So the loss of any plant species can have dramatic, often
               unpredictable consequences. We must act now. It is now a race against time. Nearly 25 % of
               the entire world’s plant species are threatened and are faced with extinction within the next
               fifty years.

               Your support will help our work in securing a future for some of the most threatened species
               and habitats before they are lost forever.
               You can support our conservation and research work at home and abroad. Donate Now.
               Contact us at:

                           BERC-Til Botanic Gardens,
                           Nablus
                                         Tel: +972 (0) 9 2346147, 2346406
                                         Fax: +972 (0) 9 2346147, 2346406
                                         Email: info@berc.ps

 
Education at BERC-Til Botanic Gardens
       Role:

               The role of education at BERC-Til BGs is to increase public knowledge of the value and vital
                importance of biodiversity and environment and to increase recognition of, and support for,
                its work.
                BERC-Til BGs achieve this through higher education and training, schools education, public
                education, and resources.
 

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