Irelandís National Strategy for Plant Conservation
comprises a set of 16 targets modelled on the GSPC, through which we can bring about better comprehension and conservation of our native plants and fungi
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The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation



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Ensure that plant conservation and biodiversity issues are incorporated into the formal educational curricula at all levels, and in informal education and national public awareness programmes.

A major goal for this target is to have an efficient Clearing House Mechanism to act as the focal point for the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. Different levels for engaging the public will be vital, and could be used as a teaching resource for Primary and Secondary level pupils. To identify where plant conservation issues arise in national curricula, and if not why not; if they do, then flag these up and make them more prominent.
Actions:

  • Regular programmes and articles produced in the national media to highlight the importance of native plants in local ecosystems.
  • Presentations and/or workshops about plant conservation to be held regularly, including information on native plants, plant genetic resources, invasive species and control measures
  • Ensure that plant conservation and biodiversity issues are incorporated within the formal education curricula and informal education, including extra-curricular activities by 2010.
  • Develop resources for primary school teachers to provide interactive and captivating materials.
  • Native plant ecology incorporated in secondary & post secondary curricula
  • Develop resources to promote Irish plant diversity, the ecosystem value and goods provided, by 2008.
Milestones & Indicators:
  • 20% of schools visited by an education officer by 2010, and regularly thereafter.
  • Every secondary school student should visit the National Botanic Gardens at least once by 2010.
  • Publish and distribute Leaflets for Gardening clubs and Farming organisations promoting the growing of heritage grain and vegetable varieties by 2008.
  • A series of leaflets on themes, such as carnivorous plants, crop relatives etc. by 2008. Teagasc would be amenable to disseminating these and incorporating their logo.
  • Publish and distribute resources for primary school teachers for local plant identification and basic botany.
  • Training opportunities in plant ecology and conservation provided for the general public through vocational training
  • Publish and distribute widely resources to promote Irish plant diversity, to the Irish public and to tourists visiting Ireland by 2008
  • Establish a Clearing House website to provide access to information on Targets 1 to 13 of this strategy, by 2007.