Plant Link Cymru (PLINC)
Formed in 2007, PLINC exists to exchange information and expertise and promote plant and fungi conservation.
There are three types of PLINC meeting every year. The main PLINC meeting, involving all the member organisations, takes place every autumn and focuses on reporting progress against the GSPC targets, as well as discussing land management issues and policy. There is also a vascular plant PLINC meeting every spring for the organisations with a particular interest in vascular plant conservation. Parallel to the vascular PLINC meeting there is a lower plant PLINC meeting focusing on lower plant conservation. The spring meetings explore the practical actions required for vascular and lower plant conservation. Plantlife provide the secretariat for PLINC.
PLINC currently comprises of the following organisations:
- Plantlife Cymru (Chair)
- Botanical Society of the Britain and Ireland
- British Bryological Society
- British Lichen Society
- British Mycological Society
- British Phycological Society
- National Botanic Garden of Wales
- National Museums and Galleries of Wales
- Welsh Government, Nature Conservation Branch
- Countryside Council for Wales
- Forestry Commission Wales
- National Trust Wales
- Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Wales
- The Records Centres Wales
- Snowdonia Wildlife Forum
- Natur Cymru
- NE Wales Plant Biodiversity Group
What PLINC does
PLINC members have an interest in plant and fungi conservation in Wales. During the PLINC Autumn meeting, organisations report progress against the relevant GSPC targets and discuss what further action is required. These updates are collated and reported at the PLINK UK meeting. The PLINC group have written a progress report towards targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation in Wales.
The forum has published the Strategy and action plan for the conservation of lower plants and fungi in Wales (2010) and Red Data Lists for vascular plants (2008), lichens (2010) and bryophytes (2011) in Wales to identify threatened species and help set priorities for conservation. PLINC has also developed a list of the “top-5-actions” for each taxon group to help the Welsh government prioritise the protection of species potentially about to become extinct in Wales. PLINC members are working to get as many of these actions carried out as possible. These are examples of the work carried out by the PLINC member organisations that is reported against the delivery of the GSPC.
During the Autumn meetings more general plant & fungi conservation issues are discussed. On the key topics, PLINC may prepare a statement, or a report using expert knowledge and evidence from the network of organisations. The discussion information may be turned into a PLINC position paper or used to update the organisations.
The Spring vascular and lower plant meetings tend to focus on the more detailed and specialist requirements of species and the required actions needed to ensure their protection. The forum also takes an interest in country specific policy, and aims to use the evidence and experience of the organisation's to drive policy change. The PLINC group may respond to public consultations where relevant as well as develop PLINC specific position statements.