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Global strategy for plant conservation conference to take place at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Date:6/13/2011

This conference, titled "Supporting the worldwide implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation," is organized by the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation (GPPC) in association with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). The conference is expected to attract a wide range of participants to share their experiences and further the development of plant conservation action in this the U.N. Decade of Biological Diversity.

"The adoption of the updated Global Strategy for Plant Conservation in 2010 provided a new challenge for the world to halt the loss of plants by the year 2020," said Missouri Botanical Garden President Peter Wyse Jackson. "If we are to be successful in this work, we need to be clear about our individual priorities and responsibilities."

In October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan, the 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a decision incorporating a consolidated update of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) from 2011 through 2020, including 16 targets for plant conservation to be achieved by 2020. The role of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation is recognized by by the CBD in supporting GSPC implementation worldwide; the conference at the Garden aims to help guide future plant conservation priorities.

The conference will assist in efforts made to expand and evaluate progress in implementing the GSPC from 2002 to 2010 and how these experiences can support enhanced implementation over the coming decade. Examples will be shared from around the world on GSPC implementation, particularly during the period 2002 to 2010, to provide guidance and support for national and regional GSPC implementation entering into the new phase. Sharing experiences will assist those that are setting national targets for plant conservation or using the GSPC and CBD Strategic Plan to provide a flexible framewor
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Contact: Holly Berthold
holly.berthold@mobot.org
314-577-5141
Missouri Botanical Garden
Source:Eurekalert

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