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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Background Information

Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

A Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) was first proposed at the XVI International Botanical Congress in St Louis in 1999. It was subsequently developed and adopted through the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2002, to guide policy and set priorities for implementation by each country worldwide. The GSPC highlights the importance of plants and the ecosystem services they provide for all life on earth, and aims to ensure their conservation.

The GSPC has 16 outcome-oriented targets under 5 main objectives:

  • Objective I: Plant diversity is well understood, documented and recognized.
  • Objective II: Plant diversity is urgently and effectively conserved.
  • Objective III: Plant diversity is used in a sustainable and equitable manner.
  • Objective IV: Education and awareness about plant diversity, its role in sustainable livelihoods and importance to all life on Earth is promoted.
  • Objective V: The capacities and public engagement necessary to implement the Strategy have been developed.

The 16 targets adopted in 2002 were set for achievement by 2010. These targets were revised and updated by the CBD at its 10th Conference of the Parties in Nagoya, Japan, setting new plant conservation goals for 2020.


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