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GSPC hailed as one of the most successful outcomes of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
18 May 2010
At the SBSTTA meeting the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) is being hailed as one of the most successful outcomes of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Countries unanimously spoke in support of the Strategy and congratulated BGCI, the GPPC and all involved in preparing an updated version of the document for approval in Nagoya later in the year.
Country representatives spoke about how the GSPC is being implemented at national level:
In New Zealand for example the targets of the Strategy are linked to the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) whereas in Malawi the national botanic garden system has been implementing the Strategy. Dr Jamieson Seyani, the delegate from Malawi and a member of BGCI’s International Advisory Council, joined others in welcoming the development of a toolkit to support practical implementation of the Strategy.
Dr Judy West, a botanist who leads the Australian delegation to SBSTTA highlighted the work of botanic gardens and herbaria in Australia in relation to GSPC, plant conservation and climate change (see this statement).
The delegate from Belgium emphasised that every single country must conserve plant diversity noting fundamental links to the Millennium Development Goals.
Sara Oldfield, Secretary General of BGCI said, “BGCI has been proud to support the GSPC since its inception and to work closely with the Secretariat, Parties, members of the GPPC and botanic gardens worldwide in its implementation”.
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