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Campaigning together: Plant Link (PLINK)

Bee feeding on creeping thistle © James Harkin/Plantlife

Bee feeding on creeping thistle © James Harkin/Plantlife

Who is Plant Link (PLINK)?

Plant Link (PLINK) is a forum for organisations to share information and work together to advance the conservation of wild plants. The network of PLINK organisations aims to take forward action to deliver the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, (GSPC) which was adopted as part of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in April 2002 and refreshed in 2010.

Working towards the GSPC requires action at both the UK and country level therefore, there is a Plant Link UK (PLINK UK) group as well as country specific groups called Plant Link Scotland (PLINKS), Plant Link Cymru (PLINC) and Plant Link England (PLINK England).

The history to PLINK

PLINK - originally known as Plantlife Link - formed in the 1990s to bring together organisations, specialist societies and individuals interested in and working towards the conservation of wild plants.

In 2004 members of the PLINK network contributed towards the publication of the UK's first response to the GSPC known as Plant Diversity Challenge; this publication set the plant conservation agenda across the UK for the remainder of the decade. Then in 2012 PLINK UK published Wild Plant Horizons: Taking forward the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation 2011-2020.