The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC)
comprises a set of 16 targets to halt the current and continuing loss of plant species, as well as the vegetation and habitats they compose by the year 2010.



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vert bar The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation - Summary Targets

A. Understanding and documenting plant diversity

Target 1: A widely accessible working list of known plant species, as a step towards a complete world flora.
Target 2: A preliminary assessment of the conservation status of all known plant species, at national, regional and international levels.
Target 3: Development of models with protocols for plant conservation and sustainable use, based on research and practical experience.

B. Conserving plant diversity

Target 4: At least 10 per cent of each of the world's ecological regions effectively conserved.
Target 5: Protection of 50 per cent of the most important areas for plant diversity assured.
Target 6: At least 30 per cent of production lands managed consistent with the conservation of plant diversity.
Target 7: 60 per cent of the world's threatened species conserved in situ.
Target 8: 60 per cent of threatened plant species in accessible ex situ collections, preferably in the country of origin, and 10 per cent of them included in recovery and restoration programmes.
Target 9: 70 per cent of the genetic diversity of crops and other major socio-economically valuable plant species conserved, and associated indigenous and local knowledge maintained.
Target 10: Management plans in place for at least 100 major alien species that threaten plants, plant communities and associated habitats and ecosystems.

C. Using plant diversity sustainably

Target 11: No species of wild flora endangered by international trade.
Target 12: 30 per cent of plant-based products derived from sources that are sustainably managed.
Target 13: The decline of plant resources, and associated indigenous and local knowledge innovations and practices that support sustainable livelihoods, local food security and health care halted.

D. Promoting education and awareness about plant diversity

Target 14: The importance of plant diversity and the need for its conservation incorporated into communication, education and public awareness programmes.

E. Building capacity for the conservation of plant diversity

Target 15: The number of trained people working with appropriate facilities in plant conservation increased, according to national needs, to achieve the targets of this Strategy.
Target 16: Networks for plant conservation activities established or strengthened at national, regional and international levels;