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We are continuing to act as a voice for wild plants and fungi by helping to shape the new Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.
We are working in partnership to shape a vital new strategy designed to protect the diversity of the world’s plants.
The new Global Strategy for Plant Conversation is being drawn up using recommendations from Plantlife and other members of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation.
It comes after the world’s governments adopted the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework at COP15 in Montreal in December 2022. This historic agreement sets ambitious new targets for the protection and restoration of nature by 2050.
The UN Convention on Biological Diversity has long recognised the role played by plants and fungi in underpinning wider biodiversity. As a result, it has consistently adopted Global Plant Conservation Strategies to guide its work over the past 20 years.
A new set of plant conservation actions is now being drawn up to help support the framework agreed at COP15. This is an important step forward for plant conservation and a key aspect of Plantlife’s global advocacy work. It comes after our team attended COP15 to fly the flag for plants and fungi. As well as hosting a stand, we produced a briefing to help grow support for a new plant-focussed strategy and action plan.
Since COP15, we have been working closely with other members of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation on the strategy. This includes crafting recommendations for actions which governments should take to protect and restore the diversity of the world’s plants.
The organisations which make up the Convention on Biological Diversity are now commenting on the draft and its actions. A final version will then be presented to its Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice meeting in October.
The meeting takes place in Nairobi in Kenya and Plantlife will be attending. Our focus will again be championing action to conserve the precious plants which form the foundation for life on earth.
We expect the final Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and its actions to be officially adopted at COP16 during 2024.
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.
Plantlife seized the opportunity presented by the global gathering of world leaders at COP 15 to inspire conservation action for plants and fungi.