Regional plant conservation strategies

Europe

The most developed regional response to the GSPC so far is the European response.

The European Plant Conservation Strategy (EPCS) was first developed in 2001 by Planta Europa and included 42 targets as a framework for plant conservation in Europe. The targets were clear, realistic and measurable and translated the global GSPC targets into a European scale.

In September 2004 a Mid-term review of the EPCS took place  and an action plan for Planta Europa was developed.

A new ESPC was developed in 2007 for the period 2008 - 2014 by the Planta Europa Network and the Council of Europe at the Fifth Planta Europa Conference on the conservation of Wild Plants 'Working Together for Plants' held in Cluj Napoca, Romania, from the 5th to the 9th of September, 2007. Download a copy of the Strategy here.

 

Caribbean

While a coordinated regional response to the GSPC has not been developed in the Caribbean, a regional review of progress towards implementing the targets has been carried out.

This review revealed that success for the implementation of the GSPC has been extremely variable across the Caribbean. Whereas substantial progress has been made for many targets in Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Guadeloupe and Martinique, accomplishments in other islands, including Jamaica, The Bahamas, and some of the Lesser Antilles are limited.

Some of the priority needs and knowledge gaps for the region include limited financial resources, understaffing, lack of local training and appropriate equipment, lack of adequate protection of important plant areas, ineffective enforcement of environmental laws, limited flow of information, including difficult Internet access, and lack of environmental awareness amongst the public.

Download the full report here.
 

Central America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean

A workshop on GSPC implementation in Central America and Spanish-speaking Caribbean was held in Mexico from 15-17 November 2012. The workshop included representatives from Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Puerto Rico.

The workshop concluded that good progress was being made towards Targets 1, 5 and 11, while the most challenging targets were Targets 2, 6, 8, 9 and 13.

A report of this workshop can be downloaded by clicking here (English) and  here (Spanish). A table providing an overview of progress against each target can be downloaded here

Southeast Asia

A workshop on GSPC implementation in Southeast Asia was held in Singapore in March 2013.  The workshop included representatives from 11 countries in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam).

A review of progress towards the targets of the GSPC revealed that good progress was being made towards Targets 4, 7 and 14, while progress was least for Targets 6, 8 and 13. A table providing an overview of progress against each target can be downloaded here.

A full report of the workshop can be downloaded here.

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