GSPC workshop held in Morocco
A workshop on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) was held on March 31 and 01 April in Marrakech, Morocco.
The workshop was organised by BGCI in collaboration with the Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) with the generous support of the Government of Japan (through the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity) and the Government of the UK (through the Darwin Initiative).
Participants included representatives from government, scientific institutes, universities, NGOs and botanic gardens in Morocco and facilitation was provided by Maïté Delmas, of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France.
The workshop focused on progress in implementation of the GSPC at global and national levels and linkages between the GSPC and the Aichi Biodiversity targets. It also provided an opportunity to introduce the GSPC toolkit and discuss additional resource that could be added to the toolkit.
A number of challenges for plant conservation in Morocco were noted, including the difficult economic environment in recent years and the lack of taxonomic capacity. Desertification, erosion and deforestation are issues that need to be addressed and climate change will have an increasing impact in years to come.
Although some excellent plant conservation activities are on-going, it was agreed that these would benefit from better coordination. It was also suggested that a scientific committee should be established to provide scientific advice to government and create a link between science and policy.
A full report on the workshop will be available shortly.