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Target 2 :Assessing Conservation Status
A Preliminary Assessment of the Conservation Status of all Known Plant Species, at National, Regional and International Levels
Over 60,000 species have been evaluated for conservation status according to internationally accepted criteria, of which 34,000 are classified as globally threatened with extinction (IUCN, 1997). In addition, many countries have assessed the conservation status of their own floras. There are currently about 270,000 known species. Of those still to be evaluated, sufficient information for a full assessment is only available for a proportion. Thus, only a preliminary assessment will have been carried out on the remaining, “data-deficient” species. Subsequently, further fieldwork will be essential to enable more comprehensive assessments to be undertaken.
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Bioversity International (formerly IPGRI)
Bioversity is an international research institute with a mandate to advance the conservation and use of genetic diversity for the well-being of present and future generations. It is a Centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
The United Nations realises how important natural resources and the environment are for human kind, so UNEP encourages all nations and peoples to care for the environment, to they may improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
Plantlife - The Wild Plant Conservation Charity
Plantlife is the only charity working solely to protect Britain’s wild flowers and plants, fungi and lichens, and the habitats in which they are found. There are many great ways for everyone to get involved in plant conservation on their website. Click the link to find out more.
Global Trees Campaign
The Global Trees Campaign was established seven years ago to save the world's most extremely threatened trees and the habitats where they grow. Many of these trees are down to just a few individuals surviving. There are ways for everyone to get involved. Learn more on the GTC website.
IUCN Red List
The IUCN Red List site includes searchable databases, image galleries, press releases and case studies of conservation successes.
The Convention on Biological Diversity
Signed by 150 government leaders at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Convention on Biological Diversity is dedicated to promoting sustainable development. The CBD is a global, comprehensive agreement addressing all aspects of biological diversity: genetic resources, species, and ecosystems.