Achieving target 8 of the global strategy for plant conservation: Lessons learned from the North American collections assessment

Abby Hird, Andrea T. Kramer

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Abstract

How much progress has North America made toward the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) Target 8 of at least 75% of threatened plant species in accessible ex situ collections by 2020 To answer this, the North American Collections Assessment was carried out in 2010. More than 200 botanical and conservation institutions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico contributed taxa lists to the Botanic Gardens Conservation International's (BGCI) online PlantSearch database for this assessment. By cross-referencing collection information with globally threatened species lists from the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), NatureServe, and Mexico's Red List, we found that approximately 35% of North America's nearly 5000 most threatened taxa are currently in ex situ collections. This marks considerable progress toward the GSPC Target 8, but there is clearly much more to do. Future priorities include collaboratively and strategically increasing threatened species representation in collections and assessing genetic diversity among collections by comparing accession-level data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-166
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Volume99
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

Keywords

  • Botanic garden
  • Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC)
  • exsitu plant conservation
  • living plant collection
  • seed bank

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Plant Science

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