The vision of the GSPC (Global Strategy for Plant Conservation) is a sustainable future where human activities support plant diversity and where plant siversity supports and enhances our life quality.
The GSPC tries to stop the extintion rythm of plants around the world by a strategy with five main objectives:
- The comprehension, documentation and adequate recognition of plant diversity.
- The inmediate and effective conservation of plant diversity
- The sustainable and even use of plants
- The promotion of education and awareness about the plant diversity, its role on sustainable life media and its importance for life on Earth.
- The development of proficiencies and public commitment to implement this strategy.
The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) started as a movement in 1999 after the discussions in the XVI International botanical Congress in St. Louis, Missouri. A group of specialists met on the Canary Islands afterwards and issued the Gran Canaria Declaration Calling for a Global Plant Conservation Strategy. Following extensive consultations, the emerging GPSC was adopted for the Biological Diversity Convention members in 2002, one of which is Ecuador.
The GSPC, initially, sought to reduce the extintion rythm of plants around the world until 2010. After this date, the GSPC updated its new goals to be completed by 2020. In 2012, the Botanical Gardens from Missouri, New York, Edinburgh and Kew accepted to colaborate withe the development of a global plant online system.
The diversity of plant species contributes to the life of the ecosystems of the Earth. This diversity is also one of the factors which defines Ecuador as a megadiverse country. These are the reasons why strategies such as the GSPC are key for a sustainable future, in Ecuador and the rest of the world, where human activities don’t cause detrimental effects among animals and plants. Several presentations talking about Plant Diversity and Conservation will be held on the XII Latin American Botanical Congress.
Written by Diego Hidalgo