Gardens Unite to Prevent Plant Extinctions

The Global Partnership for Plant Conservation meets under the Convention on BioDiversity to prevent loss of plant species worldwide

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  1. Her Royal Highness Princess Basma bint Ali from Jordan says her country would never have paid this much attention to biodiversity issues had it not been for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Sister to the UN Framework convention on climate change, the CBD aims at “conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.”
  2. Along with 140 other participants, HRH came to St Louis, Missouri last week to report on progress made under a specific part of the CBD that targets plants, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.
    Botanical gardens are a central part of this strategy, and form a network of partners-- the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation or GPPC.
  3. The meeting for these plant lovers was, naturally, held at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
  4. While there was no scorecard as such to evaluate how the GPPC is doing under the targets and goals established by the GSPC (Aichi Targets) and the Sustainable Development Goals, the outcomes were:

  5. -Highlighting and sharing lessons from successful programs....
  6. ...and projects to train and assess biodiversity loss and gains

  7. -Discussions on reaching out to a wider community to raise awareness and sympathy for plant conservation issues

  8. -strategizing on what happens to the GSPC beyond 2020 (David Galbraith, RBG Canada gave his views-whether the Strategy would find new life, or get incorporated into other global agreements).

  9. Outcomes for the period beyond 2020 will be posted on social media (#GPPC2016) in the coming weeks. Follow our tweets: @anu_hittle for coverage of the meeting and a video summary here on Climate Change Beyond Outrage:
  10. A Global Partnership for Plant Conservation
  11. For coverage of other conferences, see here:
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