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We are calling on governments, international institutions, NGOs, the private sector, educational organisations, indigenous peoples and local communities, universities and research organisations, farmers and individuals to take up the Global Plant Actions and apply them within their own programmes, activities and lives.
Far too often, world’s wild plants and fungi are relegated to a green background for more charismatic wildlife. It is time they are brought to the forefront and celebrated for the amazing value they bring to every aspect of life on earth.
We all have a part to play in helping wild plants and fungi to thrive, now and for future generations.
We know that life on earth depends on its extraordinary diversity of plants and fungi, yet potentially 45% of all flowering plant species are threatened with extinction.
They form the basis of most terrestrial ecosystems and provide ecosystem services to support human wellbeing, including climate regulation and food security. Plants and their ecosystems have influenced our cultural and spiritual development and are woven into languages, place names, religion and folklore across the world.
Plant species and their habitats often require specific conservation actions distinct from other taxa which may be overlooked in wider biodiversity actions and the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) provides a guide to take those actions.
The new GSPC is a set of 21 Global Plant Conservation Actions that guide the implementation of the 23 Targets and 3 Goals of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (KMGBF) agreed in 2022.
The 21 Actions aim to address the conservation of all plants including wild plants, medicinal plants, and their wild relatives.
Read the ‘A new Global Strategy for Plant Conservation‘ briefing we produced for the Twenty-fifth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice.
Read the full actions here: Plant conservation (cbd.int)
Read the technical rationales for the Actions here
What other UN frameworks are the actions related to?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including but not limited to:
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Action 8 is directly related to climate mitigation.
Plantlife has been working with our partners over the past 20 years to make sure that plant conservation is given priority within global biodiversity agreements.
In 2002, this led to the United Nations CBD adopting a Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, which was updated 10 years later.
We helped establish the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation and coordinated the Important Plant Areas programme – an important tool for achieving the target 5 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation: to protect and manage at least 75 % of the most important areas for plant diversity of each ecological region.
Twelve years on from the last update, the Parties to the CBD adopted the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (KMGBF) in December 2022. Within this framework in Decisions and 15/13 the Conference of the Parties invited the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation (GPPC), with the support of the Secretariat, to prepare a set of complementary actions related to plant conservation to support the implementation of the KMGBF.
We were one of the GPPC members which took on the task to draft these complementary actions as an update to the GSPC. The Actions were presented at the 25th Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) in October 2023 to be recommended for adoption at the next Conference of the Parties in 2024. After feedback from Parties they were updated and the new and final version of the actions can be found here.
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