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Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

In April 2002, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC).

The strategy was ground breaking in that for the first the CBD set quantitative, although non-binding, conservation targets and a deadline for their attainment (2010). Although many of the targets have not been achieved within this timeframe, the GSPC has had a profound effect in motivating and uniting the different individuals and organisations involved in plant conservation across the world.

A revised GSPC was debated by delegates at COP10 in Nagoya Japan in October 2010 and we hope that this ground-breaking strategy and its sound framework will be used to direct and galvanise global plant conservation action in the future.

The GSPC has 16 targets arranged under 5 objectives that deal not only with identifying and conserving rare species but the full range of in-situ and ex-situ conservation activities, plant conservation in production lands, sustainable use of plant products, improving education and awareness of plants, and increasing capacity for plant conservation.

Click here for more information on the CBD Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

Plantlife International is a member of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation which was established to support the implementation of the GSPC.

Target 5 – Conserving Important Plant Areas (IPAs)

Plantlife International and IUCN (The World Conservation Union) are lead partners for the implementation of Target 5 of the GSPC which calls for protection and effective management of the world’s most important areas for plants. Click here for more information on Plantlife International’s IPA work [link to the IPA section 3.1].

Targets 12 & 13

Targets 12 and 13 concern using plant diversity sustainably and halting the decline of indigenous knowledge and practices that support sustainable livelihoods

Plantlife International works with national partners and local community groups within its Medicinal Plant Programme to develop local solutions to plant conservation and development concerns. This programme has produced 14 case studies which could be used as the basis for similar projects in other regions.