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Collaborate and Influence

Alongside our partners, we make sure that global strategies for nature, people and the climate include the restoration of native plant species and habitats so that we can ensure a healthy, plant-rich world in the future. You can read more about our projects in these case studies.

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Conservation of rare Brecks flora gathers pace
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Brecklands Flora Group

Conservation of rare Brecks flora gathers pace

It has been another successful year for our dedicated volunteers who are helping to monitor plant populations in the Brecks.

Showcasing Important Plant Areas (IPAs) across the globe
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Global IPAs

Showcasing Important Plant Areas (IPAs) across the globe

Plantlife seized the opportunity presented by the global gathering of world leaders at COP 15 to inspire conservation action for plants and fungi.

Saving Scotland’s Rainforest
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Saving Scotland’s Rainforest

Saving Scotland’s Rainforest

The collaborative work of the Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest, of which Plantlife is a leading partner, could be finally starting to turn the fortunes around for this internationally-important habitat.

Looking Forward

It is hugely encouraging that Plantlife is finding its voice again on the world stage and we are having an impact. Attendance at climate and biodiversity Conference of the Parties (CoPs) has projected our core strategic theme that climate, nature and society are three legs of the same stool and ned to be addressed collectively and holistically. Important Plant Areas (IPAs) are key to this messaging as the criteria, almost uniquely in area-based conservation, embrace not just the ecological importance of species and habitats, but their cultural, spiritual and economic value also. IPAs, now embraced by over 50 countries can be a huge contributor to ensuring with the Convention on Biological Diversity that we are protecting the right places for the right reasons.

Closer to home we are working across our home nations to influence policies for nature, ranging from encouraging politicians to be species champions, to seeking wide reaching policies for grasslands and temperate rainforests; two wonderful habitats in the UK that do not yet secure the recognition they deserve. Strong, resilient habitats are not only superb in and of themselves but contribute to carbon sequestration, nutrient management, water cleanliness and flow, and well-being.

We are working hard to establish a Grasslands Action Plan, putting grasslands alongside forestry and peat as key multi-faceted and supported habitats. We are increasing our temperate rainforest advisor network as the western seaboard of the UK is truly globally relevant for our own rainforests. Add to these activities our focus on nitrogen pollution reduction, our aim to have peat removed from commercial supply chains and our overarching work to support species recovery and you can see the impact potential from your support of Plantlife.

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