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The future of the GSPC is discussed at the 9th CoP of the CBD

6 June 2008

Progress to date on the GSPC's goals was outlined in a new Plant Conservation Report, prepared by the CBD Secretariat in collaboration with the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation for Plant Conservation (GPPC), UNEP- World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and others.  The report identifies those targets needing enhanced implementation and also addresses the future, setting out challenges and priorities for GSPC implementation to 2010 and background rationale for post-2010 actions.  The draft Plant Conservation Report was circulated to CoP9 delegates and formally launched at a side event, at which participants discussed the effectiveness and utility of the targets and the GSPC's future.

Overall, the GSPC was one of the less contentious items on the agenda, but it was affected by the CoP-wide politically-charged debates over biofuels and climate change that devoured many hours over both weeks.  Delegates discussed whether and how to include these topics in the GSPC decision, but the final text on post-2010 development instead refers generally to 'current and emerging environmental challenges.'

The final decision urges Parties to nominate GSPC focal points and develop national and/or regional strategies, and also to reach out to other sectors to better implement the lagging targets and to provide information for further reviews.  The CoP agreed to consider further GSPC development post-2010, including an update of the current targets: the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) will develop proposals for the update.  The decision also requests the Secretariat and the GPPC to develop a practical toolkit for implementation, possibly in an interactive format.

The draft Plant Conservation Report is available here and a summary of CoP9 can be found here.

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