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The development and implementation of species recovery plans and programmes provide integrated conservation strategies for wild plants. These often involve a combination of in situ assessment of natural plant populations, monitoring of their status and the current or past causes of their decline, and the determination of future priorities, therefore enabling their recovery. Recovery measures include land protection, habitat management and/or restoration, ex situ cultivation and reintroduction and public education programmes.
Species recovery plans provide models for plant conservation and contribute to the implementation of the GSPC Target 3.
Species Recovery Plans
A Species Recovery Plan is a comprehensive practical plan of action to safe guard a species against further loss/deterioration of its remaining genepool. The structure of a species recovery programme can be found in A Handbook for Botanic Gardens on the Reintroduction of Plants to the Wild (Akeroyd, J. and Wyse Jackson, P. 1995).
Structure of a Species Recovery Programme
Examples of Species Recovery Plans in Botanic Gardens
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Plant Genetic Conservation: The In Situ Approach (Maxted et al, 1997)
This text aims to provide a practical and theoretical introduction to the technique of in situ genetic conservation, within both natural "wild" habitats and traditional agricultural systems.
Ex Situ Plant Conservation: Supporting Species Survival in the Wild (Guerrant et al, 2004)
With a foreword by Peter Raven, this volume aims to win converts to ex situ efforts to protect plant genetic diversity.
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