The establishment of Working Groups to support, advise on and help monitor the achievement of the GSPC 2020 targets was agreed at the 2nd General Meeting of the Partnership.
A series of Working Groups are constituted for each of the first four GSPC Objectives, viz:
(a) Objective I: Plant diversity is well understood, documented and recognized;
(b) Objective II: Plant diversity is urgently and effectively conserved;
(c) Objective III: Plant diversity is used in a sustainable and equitable manner;
(d) Objective IV: Education and awareness about plant diversity, its role in sustainable livelihoods and importance to all life on Earth is promoted;
Terms of Reference for Working Groups
The terms of reference of Working Groups are as follows, to:
a) Provide advice to the Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity on, inter alia, the technical terms and rationale for each target. Such advice may be provided either directly to the Executive Secretary or as part of consultations undertaken at Liaison Group meetings, through the flexible coordination mechanism;
b) Assist in the development and maintenance of the GSPC Toolkit, including:
- help in identifying existing tools for inclusion, case studies and information on best practices;
- supporting the development of new plant conservation tools which may not currently exist to support GSPC implementation and to address identified gaps;
- identifying opportunities to disseminate the use of the Toolkit for the development of national and regional responses to the GSPC and;
- providing advice for the incorporation of the GSPC and its targets into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans;
c) Assist in monitoring progress towards the achievement of the GSPC 2020 targets, including any indicators and milestones identified and existing baselines;
d) Identify capacity building and networking needs for the achievement of the GSPC targets and support, encourage, advise on and assist in the implementation of capacity building measures at all levels;
e) Promote a wider understanding and awareness of the GSPC and its targets for 2020 amongst the botanical, conservation and broader environmental communities;
f) Contribute towards updates of the ‘Plant Conservation Report’ and periodic other reviews of the GSPC and its progress.
Additional cross-cutting Working Groups may be established as needed on a permanent or temporary basis by the GPPC membership to address particular topics, such as emerging issues, items of more general importance to the GSPC, or to consider matters for which the Executive Secretary has requested specific advice.
Membership and Participation in Working Groups
Participation in these Working Groups is open to all members of the GPPC. Nevertheless it is expected that organisations and institutions will participate primarily in the Groups where they have a direct interest and specific expertise and involvement.
Each Working group will appoint a Chair and Secretary who will liaise directly with the membership of the Working Group to manage and organise the work of the Group. The Chair and Secretary will also liaise with and report to the GPPC Chair and Secretariat, with the aim of reporting on progress, activities and outcomes of the work of the Group. The Chair and Secretary will be appointed by the membership of the Working Group, and with the agreement of the GPPC Chair. Such appointments shall generally be by consensus. If an appointment cannot be made by consensus then a Working Group Chair may be appointed by the GPPC Chair, after consultation with the full GPPC membership.
Working Groups Chairs may invite the participation of a limited number of technical advisors or experts as observers when they may be able to contribute information or perspectives on the work of the Group that might not otherwise be available to it from within the membership of the GPPC.
It is expected that where a GPPC member wishes to be involved in a specific Working Group, the member will nominate one named individual to the GPPC Chair (or GPPC Secretariat). In the event that the nominated named individual is unable to participate in a specific meeting or activity of the Working Group, the GPPC member may nominate an alternative named individual.
The term of office of any member of a Working Group shall be from one GPPC General Meeting to the next.
The names of participating organisations and their representatives in each Working Group will be included in the GPPC website.
Means of Working
These Working Groups may operate by means of meetings, workshops and other events, as well as using electronic and other communication tools.
Working groups may also decide if they wish to constitute permanent or temporary task forces or committees to consider and advise on specific issues or individual or groups of targets. These sub-groups will report to the Chair of the Group.
Communications and Reporting
Communications between the Working Groups and the CBD Secretariat will normally be via the GPPC Chair and Secretariat.
Working Groups will be expected to provide an update on their work to the GPPC Chair on at least an annual basis.