The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, with its 16 targets for plant conservation, was first adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the CBD in 2002. The GSPC targets were renewed and updated in 2010.

The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) – A Plan to Save the World’s Plant Species – grew out of the Convention on Biological Diversity and is being fed into government policy around the world.

The GSPC highlights the importance of plants and the ecosystem services they provide for all life on earth, and aims to ensure their conservation

The vision of the GSPC is:

“Without plants, there is no life. The functioning of the planet, and our survival, depends on plants. The Strategy seeks to halt the continuing loss of plant diversity.”

The mission of the GSPC is:

“The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation is a catalyst for working together at al levels – local, national, regional and global – to understand, conserve and use sustainably the world’s immense wealth of plant diversity whilst promoting awareness and building the necessary capacities for its implementation.”

The GSPC has 5 main objectives:

  • Plant diversity is well understood, documented and recognized
  • Plant diversity is urgently and effectively conserved
  • Plant diversity is used in a sustainable and equitable manner
  • Education and awareness about plant diversity, its role in sustainable livelihoods and importance to all life on Earth is promoted
  • The capacities and public engagement necessary to implement the strategy have been developed.

The GSPC includes of 16 targets for plant conservation to be achieved by 2020.

In 2012, in response to a request from the Parties to the CBD, BGCI developed a GSPC toolkit which includes a wide range of resources to support the implementation of the GSPC. The GSPC toolkit ( also includes information on national and global progress towards the targets of the GSPC.

  • BGjournal

    Tree Conservation, Ecological Restoration, Conservation Prioritisation, Seed Conservation, Conservation Horticulture, Plant Conservation, Policy and Advocacy / Publication, BGCI Journal / English, French
  • Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

    Policy and Advocacy / Publication / English, Spanish, French, Chinese
  • Plant Conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals

    Policy and Advocacy / Publication / English
  • Roots

    Public Engagement / Publication, BGCI Journal / English, Spanish