China Launches "Mammoth" Plan to Halt Biodiversity Crisis
4th July 2007
With its remarkable diversity of wild flora under threat from explosive economic growth, China has announced a radical new ‘National Strategy for Plant Conservation’. Coming in the face of what scientists are calling a “burgeoning ecological crisis”, this landmark strategy aims to halt China’s continuing loss of plant diversity, helping safeguard the future of some 5,000 threatened plant species. The plan brings together 3 state agencies - for the first time - to create a uniquely coordinated, ‘whole country’ approach to plant conservation in China.
Strength in Unity
"Before the report, there was little interaction between state departments. We just carried on trying to do the best we could in our own areas.” reports Dr Jia Jiansheng of the Department of Wildlife Conservation, China, a co-author of the strategy. Excited about the future impact of this strategy he added “having now been brought together, the scope for what we can achieve is immense.”
A Lifeline for 1000's of Threatened Plants
The strategy, unveiled at an official ceremony held in London this week, is designed to be a lifeline for many of China’s plants threatened by habitat destruction and unsustainable collecting, threats which have accelerated in recent years in line with China’s economy. The cumulative effect of these factors has been an astonishing ten fold leap in the number of threatened plant species in the twelve years between 1992 and 2004, with some 20% of China’s native plants now considered at risk. To put this in perspective, the list of threatened plant species in China is three times longer than the entire number of native species found in the UK.
A Mammoth UndertakingThe goals of China’s National Strategy for Plant Conservation follow internationally agreed targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation adopted by over 180 countries that are signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity, but are adapted to the particular Chinese context. For each major goal, specific and measurable targets and sub-targets have been developed, setting benchmarks for measuring the success of both existing and future conservation efforts.
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