The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and Education
The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) is a document outlining 16 targets through which the ultimate aim of halting the current and continuing loss of plant diversity can be achieved. It is a plan to save the world’s plant species
The strategy’s mission is to ‘be a tool to enhance the ecosystem approach for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and focus on the vital role of plants in the structure and functioning of ecological systems’ (GSPC 2002).
Target 14 of the GSPC focuses educators on the inclusion of plants (their conservation, diversity and importance) in environmental education. Creating active support for plant conservation by empowering the general public through increased knowledge, appreciation and understanding of plants is a vital aspect of the GSPC.
The Target is: “The importance of plant diversity and the need for its conservation incorporated into communication, educational and public-awareness programmes.”
Over the past two years, a series of consultations have taken place on Target 14, involving stakeholders in plant education around the world.
For more information:
A paper on the GSPC has been produced for discussion at the SBSTTA meeting in Paris, July 2007. This can be downloaded from the CBD website. There are five or six side events on the GSPC at the meeting – including one organized by BGCI on the GSPC and climate change.
Botanic Garden and Zoo Educators already support the GSPC and Target 14
Questionnaires completed by educators from zoos and botanic gardens in the UK on the relevance of their own work to the GSPC demonstrates the importance of education in fulfilling the aims and objectives of the GSPC