The Bureau International des Expositions (International Exhibitions Bureau) regulates the frequency and quality of exhibitions falling within its remit. This may simply be defined as covering all international exhibitions of a non-commercial nature (other than fine art exhibitions) with a duration of more than three weeks, which are officially organised by a nation and to which invitations to other nations are issued through diplomatic channels. BIE also approves A1 International Horticultural Exhibitions.


CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

DAISIE, Invasive species in Europe

This website was developed as part of the Delivering Alien Invasive Species In Europe (DAISIE) project funded by the sixth framework programme of the European Commission (Contract Number: SSPI-CT-2003-511202). It provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for information on biological invasions in Europe, delivered via an international team of leading experts in the field of biological invasions, latest technological developments in database design and display, and an extensive network of European collaborators and stakeholders.


EPPO is an intergovernmental organisation responsible for European cooperation in plant health. Its objectives are to protect plants, to develop international strategies against the introduction and spread of dangerous pests and to promote safe and effective control methods.


The aim of the ISHS is “to promote and to encourage research in all branches of horticulture and to facilitate cooperation of scientific activities and knowledge transfer on a global scale by means of its publications, events and scientific structure”. Membership is open to all interested horticultural researchers, students and organisations.

ISHS wishes to interact closely with its country/state members on ISHS sponsored events scheduled in their country/state. See ISHS calendar of events.


The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) is an intergovernmental organisation with headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland). UPOV was established by the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants. The objective of the Convention is the protection of new varieties of plants by an intellectual property right.

Union Fleurs

Union Fleurs was founded in 1959 as an international umbrella organisation for national associations active in the floricultural trade. Its main purpose is to represent and promote the interests of traders of cut flowers, cut foliage and pot plants.

Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI)

The FSI provides a clear direction, ambition and language around sustainability issues. Its aim is to be an international, floricultural platform working together in a pre-competitive manner towards a sustainable sector by providing incentives and tools for its members.

FloraCulture International

FCI Bloombrief & FCI MagazineFloraCulture International is a trade magazine for producers of cut flowers, flowering and green potted plants, bedding plants, perennials, trees, shrubs and bulbs all over the world.
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