One of the missions of the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden to be a dissemination center for the studies on the environment and botany, not only regarding the knowledge and the conservation of the national flora, but also with the environmental education and university extension programs. In this sense, the National School of Tropical Botany (ENBT – acronym in Portuguese), founded in 2001, has the mission of training human resources in botany and related sciences.
The National School of Tropical Botany Is at the Empress’ Manor House, a building of the 18th Century, located at the foothill of the Tijuca Forest. The building was renovated to serve as an academic building by means of an agreement with the bank Caixa Econômica Federal and started its activities with extension courses with Brazilian and foreign professors, focusing mainly on the knowledge of the Brazilian ecosystems, of the national flora and on species conservation.
. The activities of the ENBT are centered in post-graduation and extension courses, focusing mainly on the knowledge of the national flora, the Brazilian ecosystems, and the conservation of species. The “Extension Program” aims at teaching the professional towards a harmonic relationship between man and nature, thus fulfilling the goal of recognizing and conserving the plant diversity. The ENBT offers a varied selection of courses, spanning through post-degree programs such as Biodiversity Management and Environmental Educations, and short term courses for a wider audience. An important highlight is the course in Botanical Illustration that r since 2001 has been training professionals to meet the growing demand for iconographic register of the Brazilian species for scientific research and dissemination.
Postgraduate Program in Botany
Plant Diversity: knowing and conserving
The Postgraduate Program in Botany of the National School on Tropical Botany (ENBT/JBRJ – acronym in Portuguese) offers masters and doctorate courses in botany. The program is recognized by MEC/CAPES and currently is grade 5 at CAPES.
The areas of the postgraduate program are on Plant Diversity and Neotropical Ecosystems Ecology.
Professional Masters Programs
Biodiversity in Conservation Units
The Professional Master Program in Applied Ecology called Biodiversity in Conservation Units is focused on evaluating and monitoring the Biodiversity in Conservation Units. It is aimed at university level professionals that work in governmental or private Conservation Units.
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