Oman Botanic Garden

Developing a world class botanic garden

The Oman Botanic Garden (OBG) is a new world-class development celebrating the unique plants & environments of Oman. Since 2005 CMEP has provided planning & design, landscaping, surveying and capacity building services to this groundbreaking project.

CMEP has contributed a wide range of services to the OBG project, including:

  • detailed habitat design & implementation advice
  • habitat surveys
  • OBG site surveys
  • nursery design & management
  • arid lands horticulture
  • horticultural & botanical training

Currently under construction, the 420 ha project will be the largest botanic garden in the Arabian Peninsula. It will showcase Oman’s 1200 plant species in a series of habitats from the dry central deserts to the rich monsoon woodlands of Dhofar.

The Oman Botanic Garden aims to promote and demonstrate best practice in sustainability, through the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification process. This iconic sustainable garden will become a unique destination for local and international visitors.


Improving Afghan capacity for environmental protection

Afghanistan is home to between 3500-5000 plant species, 15-20% of which are endemic. Protecting this rich plant biodiversity is vital to safeguarding ecosystem services and the economy of this largely rural country. Since 2009, CMEP have been assisting national and international efforts towards biodiversity research and conservation. To date, CMEP work in Afghanistan has involved strategic planning and capacity building.

Afghanistan faces numerous environmental challenges as it emerges from decades of conflict. As a recent signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Afghanistan is committed to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. This includes commitments to in-situ conservation, ex-situ conservation, scientific research and monitoring. Helping to strengthen the national capabilities of developing countries like Afghanistan is an obligation of all Contracting Parties to CBD.

CMEP is working with a range of partners in Afghanistan to assist the implementation of biodiversity conservation, through:

  • Developing an ex situ conservation strategy for the Kabul University Botanical Garden
  • Providing training and support for IUCN Red Listing
  • Implementing a training programme in biodiversity research skills at Kabul University