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Dublin Statement from the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation

25th October 2005

The Global Partnership for Plant Conservation brings together international, regional and national organizations in order to contribute to the implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

At its first conference held in Dublin, Ireland, the participants reaffirmed their commitment to implementing the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation worldwide, by 2010.

The conference brought together delegates from 37 countries and from a wide range of national and international organizations to consider urgent priorities for implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and the future roles of partnerships in plant conservation. It took place from 23rd to 25th October, 2005, hosted by the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland and supported by the Office for Public Works, Botanic Gardens Conservation International and HSBC’s Investing in Nature programme.

The Conference

Noted that as many as two-thirds of the world's plant species are in danger of extinction in nature during the course of the 21st century;

Acknowledged the dependence of human beings on plants for almost every aspect of life, and the need to use them to build more sustainable, healthier, and better lives in the future;

Welcomed the establishment of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation as an essential step in supporting the world-wide implementation of the global strategy for plant conservation;

Stressed the importance of plants for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, particularly as fundamental resources for local communities, to help achieve sustainable livelihoods, contribute to health, and reduce poverty and hunger;

Particularly noted the adoption by the World Summit on Sustainable Development of a Plan of Implementation in 2002, including the target “to reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010”, and its acknowledgement of the fundamental link between biodiversity conservation and sustainable development;

Reaffirmed the interest and willingness of the Partnership to continue its support for the implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and to achieve its 16 targets; Recalled that although the targets are global, they will be achieved principally by action at the national and local levels; Noted the growing impact on plant populations from climate change, for which there is increasing evidence, as well as continued deforestation and natural habitat loss, accelerating in some regions;

Progress to date

Recognized that many governments, organizations and institutions are already working on the implementation of a range of initiatives that support the achievement of the Strategy and its 2010 targets;

Welcomed the development of National Plant Conservation Strategies in countries including Colombia, Ireland, the Seychelles, the U.K. and other countries;

Welcomed the establishment of a flexible coordination mechanism for the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation to help monitor the achievement of the Strategy and the inclusion of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation as a part of that mechanism;

New actions and urgent priorities

Called on all the world’s governments and inter-governmental bodies to recognize the achievement of the global strategy for plant conservation and its 2010 targets as an immediate priority and to work urgently to complete national plant conservation strategies and national plant conservation status reports;

Noted with serious concern that to date few governments are implementing national plant conservation strategies or action plans, despite the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation having been adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2002;,p> Stressed the need for strengthened plant conservation partnerships worldwide and invited organizations working at all levels to join the partnership and work for the implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation;

Called for the establishment of regional, national and local partnerships for plant conservation, to help implement and coordinate plant conservation strategies at all levels;

Called on governments and donor agencies to mobilize and make available new resources for urgent plant conservation action and to build capacity for plant conservation, especially in developing countries;

Called on relevant institutions and other stakeholders worldwide to

  • participate in new initiatives to complete a preliminary assessment of the world’s threatened flora as an essential step in achieving its conservation (GSPC target 2), and urged IUCN to continue its work to facilitate this assessment at the global level;
  • contribute to the monitoring of the status of plants throughout the world, detect those in most danger, and conserve them in nature, as well as in botanic gardens and gene banks;
Urged the development of new/strengthened linkages between the botanical community and those organizations and institutions involved primarily in the conservation of the world's economic plants, to support the conservation of plant genetic resources;

Drew particular attention to the need for measures to control alien introduced plants and animals to help ensure the survival of biodiversity throughout the world;

Proposed that greater recognition is needed of the importance of developing public awareness and educational programmes about plant diversity to raise new public and governmental concern for plants and their conservation;

Recognized the need for innovations in sustainable utilization of plant genetic resources, including wild plant species, and called for the development of models that enhance plant conservation in production landscapes;

Emphasized the fundamental importance of science and research for the achievement of the strategy, particularly to ensure that the results of taxonomic and conservation biology research are available to support the development of effective methodologies, practical techniques, models and protocols for plant conservation;

Recommended a mid-term evaluation on progress and difficulties in achieving each target;

Urged the development of an effective mechanism to monitor progress in the achievement of the GSPC targets and in so doing, encourage implementation at all levels;

Thanked Dr Peter Wyse Jackson (Interim Chair) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (Interim Secretariat) for their work on behalf of the Global Partnership since its establishment.

Congratulated and thanked the organizers and sponsors of the conference for hosting such an important, stimulating and timely meeting and for their generous hospitality in Dublin.

The members of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation are:

BioNET International
Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)
Fauna and Flora International (FFI)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP)
International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI)
IUCN - The World Conservation Union - Species Survival Commission
King's Park and Botanic Gardens, Australia
Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, U.S.A.
National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., U.S.A. (NMNH-SI)
People and Plants International (PPI)
Planta Europa
Plantlife International
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, U.K.
Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, U.K.
South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), South Africa
UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
World Agroforestry Centre, ICRAF
WWF International (WWF)
Dublin, 25th October, 2005