Conservation of plant diversity is central to the mission of the Missouri Botanical Garden. In addressing the major challenges faced in conserving the plants of the world and their ecosystems, the Garden builds upon decades of plant exploration and research. The Garden conducts its work in conservation within the framework of the Global Strategy for Conservation (GSPC), an initiative adopted in 2002 and updated in 2010 by the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to halt the loss of plant diversity worldwide. The GSPC, which has 16 targets aimed at achieving measurable plant conservation outcomes by 2020, is the world’s most widely adopted instrument for plant conservation. The Garden is strongly committed to this international movement and links its work to each of the 16 targets of the GSPC.

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