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Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change: Background

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The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) was adopted unanimously by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in April 2002, just two years after the first Gran Canaria Declaration. The GSPC has 16 ambitious targets aimed at achieving a series of measurable goals by 2010. The targets are grouped under five headings:

  • Understanding and documenting plant diversity
  • Conserving plant diversity
  • Using plant diversity sustainability
  • Promoting education and awareness about sustainability
  • Building capacity for the conservation of plant diversity


The GSPC is also being used to monitor the CBD’s overall goal to achieve, by 2010, a significant reduction in the current rate of global biodiversity loss as a contribution to poverty alleviation and the benefit of all life on earth.

Recognising the urgent need to respond to the global challenge of climate change within the framework of the GSPC, the Gran Canaria Group (drawn from major national and international organisations and institutions engaged in biodiversity conservation) convened in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, in April 2006. The Gran Canaria Declaration II, however, looks beyond 2010 to a timeframe covering the rest of the century.

The first Gran Canaria Group met in April 2000, a move that led ultimately to the development and adoption of the GSPC. Membership of the Gran Canaria Group 2006 is as follows:

Alberto Gomez-Mejia, Chair National Botanic Garden Network, Colombia
Annie Lane, International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Italy
Clare Trivedi, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
David Bramwell, Viera y Clavijo Botanic Garden, Spain (Chair)
Esteban Hernandez Bermejo, Cordoba Botanic Garden, Spain
Huang Hongwen, Wuhan Botanic Garden, China
Jameson Seyani, National Herbarium, Malawi
Jon Lovett, University of York, UK
Juli Caujape Castells, Viera y Clavijo Botanic Garden, Spain
Kerry Waylen, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), UK
Oswaldo Tellez-Valdes, UNAM, Mexico
Pati Vitt, Chicago Botanic Garden, USA
Paul Smith, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Sara Oldfield, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, UK
Stephen Blackmore, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK
Suzanne Sharrock, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), UK


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