This morning (21 October) the proposed new targets for the GSPC for 2010-2020 were discussed by the Parties to the CBD. The response was overwhelmingly in favour of the new GSPC, with 23 countries and the European Union voicing their support for the updated targets. Amongst those countries that recommended the adoption of the proposed new targets were several of the world’s most biodiverse countries, including China, Mexico and Brazil. While a number of countries highlighted the need for increased resources to be devoted to plant conservation in order to meet the ambitious 2020 targets, others highlighted the progress they had made to date as a result of adopting the original plant conservation strategy in 2002. We now have to wait for the comments and amendments proposed by countries to be incorporated into the next draft of the document and for this to be finally approved by COP at the end of the meeting. So far things are looking really positive for the GSPC. During the discussion, BGCI reported on the public support for the GSPC generated through the Plants for the Planet campaign. Thanks to all of you who signed up!
Read the BGCI statement (pdf) to the COP10 meeting.