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Links: Conservation Organisations

We've been compiling links relating to plant conservation that you might find useful. If you want to see a great link on this page, let us know.


Why Plant Conservation is Important

This page outlines the extent of the current conservation crisis, but also how this threat to our natural systems will have a major impact on humankind. Biodiversity conservation is essential for the practical benefits and services it provides for us all, as well as for aesthetic and moral reasons.

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EcoEarth
EcoEarth.Info is a one of a kind Environment Portal - with genuine Internet search, cutting biocentric commentary, social network & constant news and link tracking - all dedicated to achieving global environmental sustainability.

US-Russia Botanical Exchange Programme
Set up in 1972, when the US and Russia were locked in a hostile and escalating arms race, this program brought botanists together. Ever since, it has been facilitating the co-operation of US and Russian botanists through joint expeditions, conferences, seed exchange and plant conservation projects.

CITES - The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
CITES is an international agreement between Governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Today, it accords varying degrees of protection to more than 30,000 species of animals and plants. It originated with IUCN.

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.

European Environment Agency
The EEA aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's environment through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy making agents and the public.

Whitley Fund for Nature
The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) is a UK registered charity offering a wide range of Awards and Grants to outstanding nature conservationists around the world. We locate and recognise the world’s most dynamic conservation leaders: passionate people who are committed to making lasting change.

Earthwatch Institute
Earthwatch Institute is an environmental charity which funds 130 field research projects in over 50 countries, recruiting people globally to work alongside conservation scientists on projects from saving leatherback sea turtles in Costa Rica, to monitoring climate change in the Arctic.

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.

British Lichen Society
The British Lichen Society was formed in 1958 to stimulate and advance interest in all branches of lichenology. The first society in the world entirely devoted to the study of lichens, it has many overseas as well as British members.

The Top 50 Threatened Mediterranean Island Plants
This site and associated booklet present 50 of the most threatened plant species on Mediterranean islands. The site has detailed information in simple language and tells you whether the species is in cultivation. Many of them aren't - can your garden help? Act now - time is running out!

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.

The National Trust
The National Trust protects over 300 historic houses and gardens and 49 industrial monuments and mills in the UK. They also look after forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves, villages - for ever, for everyone.

The Royal Horticultural Society
Established in 1804, the Royal Horticultural Society is dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. Their goal is to help people share a passion for plants, to encourage excellence in horticulture and inspire all those with an interest in gardening.

The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
This is an international and high profile work programme, launched in 2000, that has recently produced reports highlighting the value of biodiversity to human kind, and how our natural resources are being degraded. This information is used to inform assessment of our major biodiversity conventions.

13th Conference of IABG
The 13th Conference of IABG will be held from 13 to 15 November 2012 in the beautiful garden city of Guangzhou, China.

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.

 
Plant Conservation Books
BGCI's aStore presents books grouped by theme, in this case you can browse books on Plant Conservation - all in one place. Not only that, but all your purchases generate income for BGCI, so we can continue to support vital plant conservation efforts in the world's botanic gardens.
The Man Who Planted Trees
This is a charming fable, which shows the effects of the efforts of a single man upon a barren environment as he plants acorns over thirty years. Beautifully illustrated, this would make a lovely gift. Your clicks on Amazon support BGCI's plant conservation efforts.
Ex Situ Plant Conservation: Supporting Species Survival in the Wild (Guerrant et al, 2004)
With a foreword by Peter Raven, this volume aims to win converts to ex situ efforts to protect plant genetic diversity.
International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation
The International Agenda is a global policy framework for botanic gardens worldwide to contribute to biodiversity conservation. Find out more about how botanic gardens are contributing here.