The National Botanic Gardens (OPW), in collaboration with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)  have carried out a progress report on Ireland’s ability to achieve the 16 Targets outlined in our National Strategy for Plant Conservation (NSPC).

This is Ireland’s response to the Global Plant Conservation Strategy (GSPC) programme under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), whose mission statement highlights ….  “Without plants, there is no life. The functioning of the planet, and our survival, depends upon plants. The Strategy seeks to halt the continuing loss of plant diversity”.

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The National Botanic Gardens are highlighting these findings to the first National Biodiversity Conference taking place this week in Dublin Castle.