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GSPC Regional Workshops

The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) includes 16 targets to be achieved by 2010. At its last meeting, the Conference of Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) requested that a revised and updated GSPC be developed going beyond 2010, taking into account current and emerging environmental challenges on plant diversity, within the broader context of and consistent with the new CBD Strategic Plan beyond 2010.

In May 2009, the CBD Secretariat, together with the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation (GPPC) organised a GSPC Liaison Group Meeting, which was hosted in Dublin by the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland.  At this meeting a first draft of a revised GSPC, including an update of the current targets for the period 2010-2020, was developed.

This draft was made available on-line for peer-review and further consultations were held, including two regional workshops organised by BGCI with support from the Boeing Company, Americas (30th September - 1st October 2009 in Chicago), and Africa (4th November in South Africa).

The reports of the workshops were provided to the CBD Secretariat for consideration while drafting the final proposal for a consolidated update of the GSPC. This proposal will be presented to the CBD’s Subsidiary Body for Scientific Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) at its 14th meeting in May 2010.

The reports of the workshops are available here:

GSPC Regional workshop for Africa Durban Botanic Garden, South Africa November 3-4, 2009 Workshop report

GSPC Regional workshop for the Americas Chicago Botanic Garden Sept 30 – Oct 01 2009 Workshop report

The proposal for a consolidated update of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation is available here.