GPPC Workshop - Missouri, June 2016 - report now available

21 October 2016

A workshop of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation (GPPC) was held on 30th June, 2016, organised by the Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, USA in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)

The workshop was held immediately after the International Conference on ‘Plant Conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals’ which took place at the Missouri Botanical Garden. on 28-29 June, 2016. papers from this conference will be published in an upcoming issue of Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

The workshop included representatives of GPPC partner organsiations coming from countries around the world, including from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Jordan, South Africa, Switzerland, UK and USA.

The workshop focused around participants’ perspectives on plant conservation and the GSPC, Aichi Targets, Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the post-2020 period. In concluding, participants agreed that:

  • Having the GSPC as part of the CBD process is important in helping to secure resources (including funds) at the national level.

  • Participants were unanimously in favour of having a third phase of the GSPC beyond 2020, but this should more clearly demonstrate the contribution it makes to the Aichi targets and the SDGs.

  • Many of the SDGs provide a helpful point of reference to demonstrate the fundamental importance of plants for the planet, highlighting the need for plant conservation activities to support sustainable development and human well-being.

  • It will be important to maintain a profile for the GSPC by engaging influential and international supporters.

  • There is a need to ensure good national support for the GSPC across all regions and from CBD national delegations.

The workshop also discssed a paper on 'Plant conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)' and concluded that:

  • The SDGs provide an opportunity to demonstrate the important role of plants in the achievement of sustainability and the need for their conservation – but we need to be clear on who we are trying to influence.

  • There is a need to focus on what plants and plant conservation can contribute to the SDGs, rather than framing actions specifically around the GSPC targets.

  • The SDGs provide a vital and holistic framework for global sustainable development, but the focus needs to be demonstrating where they might fail if plants and their conservation needs are not addressed.

  • We can use the SDGs to show that the botanical community is ready to make a significant contribution towards the achievement of sustainable development

A copy of the full workshop report can be downloaded here

 

 

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