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Target 1: A List of All Plants
A Widely Accessible Working List of Known Plant Species, as a Step Towards a Complete World Flora
A working list of known plant species is considered to be a fundamental requirement for plant conservation.
The target is considered to be attainable by 2010, especially given that is to be a working rather than a definitive list, and it is limited to known organisms (currently about 270,000, which may increase by 10 – 20% by 2010). Some 900,000 scientific names are known for these 270,000 species.
In effect the target will require the compilation and synthesis of existing knowledge, focusing on names and synonyms, and geographical distribution. Both national flora and compilations and international initiatives are important in this respect. The list could be made accessible through the World Wide Web, complemented by CD-ROM and printed versions.
Further work on national and regional floras is necessary to lay the basis for the longer term aim of developing a complete world flora, including local and vernacular names.
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14th November 2006
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