2016 Conference
Plant Conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals

June 28-29, 2016
Missouri Botanical Garden
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Organized by:
Global Partnership for Plant Conservation 
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Botanic Gardens Conservation International 
Missouri Botanical Garden

Objectives include: 

  • Showcase examples and share experience from around the world on GSPC implementation, particularly supporting the achievement of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and how these contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • Provide guidance and support for national and regional GSPC implementation that contributed to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • Highlight priorities and objectives for future plant conservation action.

  • Draw new attention to the essential importance of plants for global sustainability and in addressing poverty, securing human wellbeing, peace, stability and overcoming climate change.

Who should attend the conference?

  • National focal points for the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation 
  • Plant conservationists 
  • Representatives of
    • GPPC partner organizations 
    • Donor agencies interested in biodiversity conservation 
    • National biodiversity organizations and development agencies
    • Potential GPPC members
    • Regional biodiversity conservation bodies

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Conference Program

Conference sessions will take place on Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Following the conference, on Thursday, June 30, a one-day Expert Group meeting will take place to consider the results of the meeting and to prepare a statement from the conference. Attendance for this meeting will be invitation-only. 

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Tuesday, June 28
Theme: Plant conservation and the sustainable development goals

  • 9 a.m.
    Lelia Farr, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Missouri Botanical Garden:  Welcome.
  • 9:05 a.m.
    Peter Wyse Jackson (GPPC):  Welcome on behalf of the GPPC and Introduction.
  • 9:15 a.m.
    Robert Hoft (SCBD): Welcome on behalf of the CBD.
  • 9:30 a.m.
    Suzanne Sharrock: (BGCI and GPPC): Keynote: Plant Conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • 10 a.m.  
    Allison Miller: (USA): Keynote: Plant conservation and food security – a key link with the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • 10:30 – 11 a.m.
    Coffee Break and Posters
  • 11 a.m.  
    James S. Miller (USA):  Integrating plant conservation and sustainable development of local communities: examples from Madagascar.
  • 11:20 a.m.  
    HRH Princess Basma bint Ali (Jordan): Integrating plant conservation and landscape management to support sustainable rural livelihoods: an example from Jordan.
  • 11:40 a.m.  
    Yonghong Hu (China):  Botanical Garden in the urban environment supports sustainable development of a city - A case study of Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden.
  • Noon  
    Discussion and Questions for speakers.
  • 12:30 – 2 p.m.
    Lunch and Tours
  • 2 p.m.  
    Jan Salick (USA): The relevance of traditional knowledge to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • 2:40 p.m.  
    Ori Fragman-Sapir (Israel):  Conservation in the Middle East, local and international collaborations.
  • 3 p.m.  
    Brett A. Summerell (Australia):  Managing biological invasions: the impact of exotic diseases on plant communities in Australia.
  • 3:20 - 3:40 p.m.
    Coffee Break
  • 3:40 p.m.  
    Kate Sackman (USA): The North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Plant Conservation.
  • 4 p.m.  
    Gary A. Krupnick and Nancy Knowlton (USA):  #EarthOptimism: Success Stories in Plant Conservation.
  • 4:20 p.m.  
    Colin Clubbe (UK): Kew’s role in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals
  • 4:40 p.m.  
    Discussion and Questions for Speakers
  • 5:30 p.m.
    Close for the day

Wednesday, June 29
Theme of the day: Contemporary practices, priorities and perspectives in plant conservation: achieving the GSPC and Aichi goals.

  • 9 a.m.  
    Keynote: James Aronson (France and USA): Keynote:  Future perspectives in Ecological Restoration.
  • 9:30 a.m.  
    Pierre-André Loizeau (Switzerland) and Peter Wyse Jackson (USA):  The World Flora Online project: meeting the needs for baseline information to support plant conservation and sustainable development.
  • 9:50 a.m. 
    Gustavo Martinelli (Brazil):  Assessing the status of the world’s most plant diverse country: the Centre for Flora Conservation (CNC Flora).
  • 10:10 a.m.
    Domatilla Raimondo, Zaitoon Rabaney, L. von Staden (South Africa):  South Africa's Strategy for Plant Conservation.
  • 10:30 – 11 a.m.
    Coffee Break
  • 11 a.m.  
    Adam B. Smith, Matthew A. Albrecht, and Quinn G. Long (USA).  Shifting targets: Efficient conservation seed banking in light of current threats, threats from future climate change, and uncertainty.
  • 11:20 a.m.  
    Maïté Delmas (France):  The Sud Expert Plantes programme (SEP2D), supporting GSPC achievement and the Aichi targets.
  • 11:40 a.m.  
    Peter Bernhardt, Retha Eden-Meier (USA) and Zong-Xin Ren (China):  Conservation Challenges and the Reproductive Ecology of Threatened and Rare Orchids.
  • Noon  
    Valida Ali-zade  and Sevda Ibrahimova (Azerbaijan):  Predicting the risk of extinction of threatened and rare species of the Azerbaijan flora.
  • 12:20 p.m.  
    Didik Widyatmoko and Rosniati Apriani Risna (Indonesia): A role of Indonesian Botanic Gardens in achieving GSPC goals
  • 12:40– 2 p.m.
    Lunch and Tours
  • 2 p.m.  
    Lucy Sutherland (Australia):  Implementing Access and Benefit Sharing for Seed Banking.
  • 2:20 p.m.  
    Peggy Olwell (U.S.A.):  Seeds and the GSPC Targets 3, 4, 8 & 15 & Aichi Target 15.
  • 2:40 p.m.  
    David Galbraith (Canada):  The GSPC and Canada's 2020 Biodiversity Goals and Targets: Plant-Related Responses Supporting the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. 
  • 3 p.m.  
    David A. Neill, Hugo Romero-Saltos and Mercedes Asanza, (Ecuador):  Plant conservation in Ecuador - Progress and challenges.  
  • 3:20 p.m.
    Coffee Break
  • 4:10 p.m.  
    Christy Edwards (USA): Using conservation genetics to support effective plant conservation.
  • 4:30 p.m.  
    Andrew Wyatt (USA):   The role of horticulture in achieving critical plant conservation priorities: examples from the Indian Ocean.
  • 4:50 p.m.
    Discussion and Conclusions
  • 5:30 p.m.

Meeting rooms will be equipped with computer projection facilities for MS PowerPoint presentations.

Due to cost considerations, we regret that it will not be possible to provide translation facilities. The working language of the conference will be English.

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