Botanical Gardens' Conservation Agenda

International Strategies

Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation grew out of the Convention on Biological Diversity. It highlights the importance of plants and the ecosystem services they provide for all life on Earth, and aims to ensure their conservation. It has 16 outcome-oriented targets grouped under 5 themes (see hyperlink below). These targets provide a framework for policy formulation and a basis for monitoring. They may vary from country to country, according to national priorities and capacities, and taking into account differences in plant diversity. A deadline for meeting these targets has been set for the year 2010. The Global Partnership for Plant Conservation brings together international, regional and national organizations in order to contribute to the implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. Click here for details on the 16 global targets set for 2010.


Global Targets for 2010

  1. Understanding and documenting plant diversity:
    1. A widely accessible working list of known plant species, as a step towards a complete world flora;
    2. A preliminary assessment of the conservation status of all known plant species, at national, regional and international levels;
    3. Development of models with protocols for plant conservation and sustainable use, based on research and practical experience;

  2. Conserving plant diversity:
    1. At least 10 per cent of each of the world's ecological regions effectively conserved;
    2. Protection of 50 per cent of the most important areas for plant diversity assured;
    3. At least 30 per cent of production lands managed consistent with the conservation of plant diversity;
    4. 60 per cent of the world's threatened species conserved in situ;
    5. 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;
    6. 70 per cent of the genetic diversity of crops and other major socio-economically valuable plant species conserved, and associated indigenous and local knowledge maintained;
    7. Management plans in place for at least 100 major alien species that threaten plants, plant communities and associated habitats and ecosystems;

  3. Using plant diversity sustainably:
    1. No species of wild flora endangered by international trade;
    2. 30 per cent of plant-based products derived from sources that are sustainably managed;
    3. The decline of plant resources, and associated indigenous and local knowledge, innovations and practices that support sustainable livelihoods, local food security and health care, halted;

  4. Promoting education and awareness about plant diversity:
    1. The importance of plant diversity and the need for its conservation incorporated into communication, educational and public-awareness programmes;

  5. Building capacity for the conservation of plant diversity:
    1. The number of trained people working with appropriate facilities in plant conservation increased, according to national needs, to achieve the targets of this Strategy;
    2. Networks for plant conservation activities established or strengthened at national, regional and international levels.

International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation

The International Agenda is a policy framework for botanic gardens worldwide to contribute to biodiversity conservation, particularly as it relates to the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity. For more information, reach BGCI.

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National Strategies

North American Botanic Gardens Strategy

The North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Plant Conservation (NABGS) is a comprehensive continent-wide strategy, based on the targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. It has been developed by the American Public Garden Association (APGA), the Asociación Mexicana de Jardines Botánicos (AMJB), Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), the Canadian Botanical Conservation Network (CBCN) and the Centre for Plant Conservation (CPC). It has been released in English, French and Spanish. For more info reach BGCI.

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The 2010 Challenge for Canadian Botanic Gardens

This document is an update of the “Biodiversity Action Plan for Botanical Gardens and Arboreta in Canada” and reviews the progress on plant conservation and education related to sustainability by botanical gardens, places the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation and the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation into context, and indicates how Canadian gardens can contribute to achieving the 19 targets of the North American Strategy for Botanic Gardens in Conservation.


Biodiversity Action Plan for Botanical Gardens and Arboreta in Canada

This 2001 Canadian action plan links its recommendations into the developing North American Strategy for Botanic Gardens in Conservation. For more information, reach CBCN.

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