GSPC Target 3

Objective I: Plant diversity is well understood, documented and recognized

Objective II: Plant diversity is urgently and effectively conserved

Objective III: Plant diversity is used in a sustainable and equitable manner

Objective IV: Education and awareness about plant diversity, its role in sustainable livelihoods and importance to all life on earth is promoted

Objective V: The capacities and public engagement necessary to implement the Strategy have been developed

Introduction

Relevant techniques are being developed and used by many individuals and institutions around the world and methodologies that have been developed in one place may well have useful applications elsewhere. However these are not necessarily known about or accessible. The aim of this target is to ensure that useful information and technologies are shared amongst the global community and that information gaps are identified so that they can be filled with newly generated knowledge.

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Conservation biology research, and methodologies and practical techniques for conservation are fundamental to the conservation of plant diversity and the sustainable use of its components. These can be applied through the development and effective dissemination of relevant models and protocols for applying best practice, based on the results of existing and new research and practical experience of management. "Protocols‟ in this sense, can be understood as practical guidance on how to conduct plant conservation and sustainable use activities in particular settings. Key areas where the development of models with protocols is required include: the integration of in situ and ex situ conservation; maintenance of threatened plants within ecosystems; applying the ecosystem approach; balancing sustainable use with conservation; and methodologies for setting conservation priorities; and methodologies for monitoring conservation and sustainable use activities.

The implementation of this target relates to Target 19 of the Aichi targets of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020:

T19: By 2020, knowledge, the science base and technologies relating to biodiversity, its values, functioning, status and trends and the consequences of its loss, are improved, widely shared and transferred, and applied.  

Implementation

This toolkit attempts to address this target as it provides a space for the sharing of information, research results and methodologies.

Tools and resources

Tools and resources specific to each target are listed by target. Resources shown here are more general sources of information on plant conservation projects.   

Please also check in the database of Tools of Resources for Case Studies relevant to this target.

 

Status

 The aim of this target is to ensure that useful information and technologies are shared amongst the global community and that information gaps are identified so that they can be filled with newly generated knowledge.
Examples of sharing platforms
•    GSPC toolkit
•    Smart phone applications- Leafsnap (NHM), I-Spot
•    Traditional and wild” toolbox (TRAFFIC)

In 2012, the BGCI launched this internet based ‘toolkit’ available in 6 UN languages, providing important information on the implementation methods for all 16 targets. This toolkit also has a number of useful tools, links and downloadable case studies.  

 

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