The Botanical Garden of Bogotá José Celestino Mutis was established by Agreement 39 of 1992, as a public establishment of the decentralized sector, with legal status, autonomy and its own assets. Currently, together with the Secretary of the Environment, the District Institute for Risk Management and Climate Change – IDIGER, and the Institute for the Protection and Welfare of Animals – IDPYBA make up the District’s environment sector.
Through the Decree 040 of 1993 the legal nature, organizational structure, sources of financing, and functions of the José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden is specified.
Through agreements 001 of April 17, 2001, 11 of December 20, 2001, 002 of March 17, 2006 and 02 of March 14, 2007, the organizational structure of the José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden was modified, which is formed by the Board of Directors, Management, Internal Control Office, Legal Advisory Office, Secretary of General and Disciplinary Control, Scientific Subdirection, Technical Operational Subdirection, Arborization Office and Educational and Cultural Subdirection.
- Advance in scientific research to broaden the knowledge of the flora, the biology of the plants in the environment where they grow, and the native fauna of the region.
- Develop educational programs for people of different ages, studies or interests, about botany, ecology and environment.
- Promote through educational and recreational programs the conservation of natural resources and support the District’s Environmental Management Plan.
- Promote the increase of botanical studies, through collaboration with other Botanical Gardens in the country and abroad and with other similar scientific and educational centers.
- Maintain and preserve in their properties, species of plants in danger of extinction or in danger of extinction.
- Maintain flora and fauna refuges in areas covered by natural vegetation, destined to protect those species that cannot thrive under the climatic conditions of the Botanical Garden or under greenhouses.
- Stimulate the public’s love for plants by developing recreational programs and providing adequate information about them.
- Provide propagation material for plant species to be tested under various climatic and soil conditions.
- Disseminate the results of research on plants and plant life, in a form accessible to all levels of education, from infants to specialized professionals, with the goal of acquiring and disseminating botanical knowledge.
- Collaborate with other entities of the Capital District, particularly with the Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, with local authorities and with the private sector, in programs of arborization and ornamentation of the city.