Following an agreement signed last month, the Australian Seed Bank Partnership (ASBP) has become the latest member of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation (GPPC). As a national organisation in Australia, the work of the ASBP makes an important contribution to the achievement of the GSPC.
The ASBP has 14 member organisations and draws on the expertise of Australia’s leading botanic gardens, herbaria, state environment agencies and academic institutions, as well as non-government organisations.
The ASBP grew out of the Australian Seed Conservation and Research network which involved a series of bilateral partnerships between Australian states, the Northern Territory and the international Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP), to help achieve Kew’s 2010 goal of seed banking 10% of the world’s plant species.
Through the Partnership a coordinated approach is being taken to build a national safety net for Australia’s plant species through ex situ conservation that will provide us with options for the future use of these plants. Our vision is a future where Australia’s native plant diversity is valued, understood and conserved for the benefit of all.
Find out more about the ABSP here
Find out more about the contribution of the ASBP to the GSPC here
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (Western Australia)
Botanic Gardens of Adelaide (South Australia)
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha (Queensland)
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens (Northern Territory)
Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust (New South Wales)
Royal Botanic Gardens Board (Victoria)
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (Tasmania)
Australian Network for Plant Conservation
Threatened Flora Seed Centre, Department of Environment and Conservation (Western Australia)
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
University of Queensland
A mid-term review of progress towards the targets of the GSPC is being carried out by the Convention on Biological Diversity during 2014. According to a report compiled by BGCI, only one GSPC target is currently considered to be on track to be achieved by 2020 (Target 1).