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Developing a PlantNetwork Response to Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
Volume 2 Number 2 - July 2005
Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation aims to ‘secure 60 per cent of threatened plant species in accessible ex situ collections, preferably in the country of origin, and 10 per cent of them included in recovery and restoration programmes’.
At a meeting of PlantNetwork: the Plant Collections Network of Britain & Ireland, on 6–7th April 2005 at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, eight targets were elaborated for botanical collections in Ireland and Britain to develop a co-ordinated response to support efforts to meet the 2010 target.
In particular the role of ex situ collections in serving the broader remit of plant conservation through public awareness, building and sharing cultivation expertise, collaborating with in situ conservation programs, and in lobbying at governmental level were all seen as vital elements that plant collections and their staff can bring to conservation work in these islands. The meeting included representatives of 53 institutions in Britain and Ireland.
The following eight targets were adopted to be achieved by 2010:
PlantNetwork Target 1: 100% of critically endangered vascular plant species in managed ex situ collections
PlantNetwork Target 2: Genetically representative conservation collections established for all vascular plant species with small, limited or rapidly declining extant populations
PlantNetwork Target 3: Cultivation and propagation protocols available for all threatened plant species
PlantNetwork Target 4: Participate in species recovery or management programmes with partners
PlantNetwork Target 5: Develop complementary collections of threatened bryophytes in cultivation
PlantNetwork Target 7: Build the capacity required in PlantNetwork member institutions to achieve the PlantNetwork targets for Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.
PlantNetwork Target 8: Best practice achieved in the implementation of actions needed to meet the targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.
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