As a responsible member of the botanical garden, scientific, conservation, and education community, the National Tropical Botanical Garden adopts and practices principles or codes of conduct either individually as an institution or in collaboration with other organizations, agencies, and individuals.
Principles on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing
On February 27, 2007 the National Tropical Botanical Garden endorsed the Principles on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing, which had been developed by a number of botanic gardens and herbaria worldwide. In accordance with these principles, NTBG developed and adopted the:
Voluntary Codes of Conduct
Invasive species represent a significant threat to the native flora of tropical regions. NTBG has further formalized its commitment by joining with other non-governmental institutions, government agencies, associations, and members of the private sector to prevent the use and distribution of invasive plant species by adopting voluntary codes of conduct.
See also: NTBG Living Collections Policy
The Kaua‘i Declaration on Ethnobotany
A group of 44 people from ethnobotany and associated disciplines participated in an Ethnobotany Summit at NTBG Headquarters in January 2007. Considering the grave environmental crisis facing the world today, the loss of biodiversity and the loss of culture, the group issued a statement to stress the importance of ethnobotany for providing some of the solutions towards more sustainable living.