The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

 gspc_tmbThe Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) is a cross-cutting programme of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). It includes 16 global targets set for 2020. The aim of the GSPC is to halt the continuing loss of plant diversity and to secure a positive, sustainable future where human activities support the diversity of plant life, and where in turn the diversity of plants support and improve our livelihoods The GSPC provides a framework for working together at all levels – local, national, regional and global to understand, conserve and use sustainably the world’s immense wealth of plant diversity whilst promoting awareness of the importance of plants and their conservation needs.

You can find out more about the GSPC at the link below. There are downloadable guides, brochures and fliers in English, French, Spanish and Chinese

A3 double spread downloads to each target are available from BGCI at the link below.

Below is a quick summery of the GSPC targets from


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

Target 1

An online flora of all known plants.

Target 2

An assessment of the conservation status of all known plant species, as far as possible, to guide conservation action.

Target 3

Information, research and associated outputs, and methods necessary to implement the Strategy developed and shared.

Objective II: Plant diversity is urgently and effectively conserved

Target 4

At least 15 per cent of each ecological region or vegetation type secured through effective management and/or restoration.

Target 5

At least 75 per cent of the most important areas for plant diversity of each ecological region protected with effective management in place for conserving plants and their genetic diversity.

Target 6

At least 75 per cent of production lands in each sector managed sustainably, consistent with the conservation of plant diversity.

Target 7

At least 75 per cent of known threatened plant species conserved in situ.

Target 8

At least 75 per cent of threatened plant species in ex situ collections, preferably in the country of origin, and at least 20 per cent available for recovery and restoration programmes.

Target 9

70 per cent of the genetic diversity of crops including their wild relatives and other socio-economically valuable plant species conserved, while respecting, preserving and maintaining associated indigenous and local knowledge.

Target 10

Effective management plans in place to prevent new biological invasions and to manage important areas for plant diversity that are invaded.

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

Target 11

No species of wild flora endangered by international trade.

Target 12

All wild harvested plant-based products sourced sustainably.

Target 13

Indigenous and local knowledge innovations and practices associated with plant resources, maintained or increased, as appropriate, to support customary use, sustainable livelihoods, local food security and health care.

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

Target 14

The importance of plant diversity and the need for its conservation incorporated into communication, education and public awareness programmes.

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

Target 15

The number of trained people working with appropriate facilities sufficient according to national needs, to achieve the targets of this Strategy.

Target 16

Institutions, networks and partnerships for plant conservation established or strengthened at national, regional and international levels to achieve the targets of this Strategy.

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