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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All threatened plant species in accessible ex situ collections, and all Critically Endangered and Endangered category species included in effective conservation management programmes.

A recent project launched by PlantNetwork: the Plant Collections Network of Britain and Ireland has prepared a set of eight sub-targets in order to develop three major goals:
  • a complete database of cultivation and propagation protocols for all the threatened plant species of Britain and Ireland;
  • formation of partnerships between ex situ and in situ conservation efforts, through developing horticultural knowledge of these species;
  • and lastly to increase the number of species in cultivation so as to provide material for experimental or public awareness programmes.
Actions:

  • Establish a national database of ex situ collections of threatened plants, by 2006.
  • Initiate Species Action Plans for all Red Data Book Species in Ireland by 2007.
  • Where required, all critically endangered vascular plant taxa included in species recovery programmes.
  • All internationally threatened vascular plants, including all those of EU concern, to be the subject of active and on-going monitoring programmes by 2008, with recovery programmes for any that are deemed necessary to be initiated by 2010.
  • Ensure 60% of accessions in the Irish Threatened Plant Genebank have the minimum requirements for active base collections, by 2010.
  • Extend the coverage of the Irish Threatened Plant Genebank to contain 3-5 accessions (where possible) of all threatened and scarce Irish native plants.
  • An integrated project to cultivate all the threatened species of vascular plant in Ireland at botanical collections, and to collate, and synthesise appropriate cultivation and propagation protocols for all these species.
  • Determine effective methods for bryophyte conservation by 2010, and begin the implementation of monitoring and recovery plans for 10% of threatened Irish bryophytes by 2010.
Milestones & Indicators:
  • Species management plans in place for all CR, EN and EW category plant species in Ireland.
  • All threatened vascular plants, where appropriate and possible, accessioned in the Irish Threatened Plant Genebank, with a minimum of 3 accessions each.
  • Complete inventory of cultivation and propagation protocols for all Irelandís threatened vascular plants, as a complementary measure to the seed bank.
  • Species management and monitoring programmes in place for all internationally threatened native vascular plants, particularly those of EU concern.