Overview

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

A global partnership for plant conservation – Supporting the worldwide implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

Who should attend the conference?

·       National focal points for the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

·       Plant conservationists

·       Representatives of

o      GPPC partner organisations

o      Donor Agencies interested in biodiversity conservation

o      National biodiversity organisations and agencies

o      Potential GPPC members

o      Regional biodiversity conservation bodies

Participation will be limited to 150 participants as this is the maximum the venue can accommodate.  Please register as soon as possible.

The Conference

The goal of this conference is to bring together plant conservation scientists, policy makers and practitioners from throughout the world to share methods and results that will advance plant conservation measurably.   We hope that the conference will attract a wide range of participants to share their experiences and further the development of plant conservation science in this the U.N. Decade of Biological Diversity.

In October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan, the 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a Decision incorporating a consolidated update of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation for the period 2011-2020.  This updated GSPC includes 16 targets for plant conservation to be achieved by 2020.  The role of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation is recognised by the CBD in supporting GSPC implementation worldwide and this conference aims to help guide future plant conservation priorities.

The objectives of the meeting will include to:

·       Showcase examples and share experience from around the world on GSPC implementation, particularly during the period 2002 to 2010, to provide guidance and support for national and regional GSPC implementation entering into the new phase;

·       Assist the ongoing efforts to consider and develop further the technical rationales, milestones and indicators for the GSPC up to 2020 and harmonize with the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020;

·       Review the draft GSPC toolkit that is being prepared to support GSPC implementation at all levels (and prior to its submission for review by the Convention);

·       Help build leadership amongst the participating organisations for monitoring and delivery of the GSPC targets.

The conference will provide an opportunity for a strategic discussion on (and progress in) mainstreaming plant conservation in national development agendas, including links to the implementation of the CBD’s Strategic Plan as well as providing guidance and suggestions for countries that are updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) to include the targets of the GSPC.  The meeting will also help efforts made to build on and evaluate progress in implementing the GSPC from 2002 to 2010 and how these experiences can support enhanced implementation over the coming decade.  Sharing experiences will also assist those that are setting national targets for plant conservation or using the GSPC and CBD Strategic Plan to provide a flexible framework for their efforts in plant conservation at all levels.

The Venue

The meeting is being hosted by the Missouri Botanical Garden where all sessions (plenaries, parallel sessions and workshops) will be held.

REGISTRATION

All participants will be expected to pay the registration fee.

Cost of Registration

  Standard Rate                         Late On-site Rate
until 15 June 2011                         at Conference
     US$150                                        US$180

The online registration deadline is 15th June, 2011

On-site Registration will take place at the Ridgway Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Monday afternoon 4th July (4.00-6.00pm) and on Tuesday morning 5th July (8.00-9.00am) before the Conference Opening.

CONFERENCE SESSIONS  

Intending delegates are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers or posters for presentation using the form provided in the Call for Papers issued. Abstracts of proposals for workshops will also be welcomed.

Plenary sessions will take place on the mornings of Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July.

Parallel sessions and workshops will take place in the afternoons of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  On Thursday afternoon a wrap-up and concluding session will be held.

Meeting rooms will be equipped with computer projection facilities for MS PowerPoint presentations. 

Due to cost considerations, we regret that it will not be possible to provide translation facilities.  The working language of the conference will be English.

Poster Sessions and Reception
Poster sessions will also be held and will be easily accessible for participants.
During the summer months the weather in St Louis is HOT and humid, casual, light clothing is suggested.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION   

The meeting will provide transportation in the morning from the conference hotel to the Missouri Botanical Garden and at the end of the sessions from the Missouri Botanical Garden to the hotels.

ACCOMMODATIONS  

Special rates for delegates are being arranged in a hotel in Clayton situated a few miles from the Garden.  Details are available on the conference website together with website links at the ACCOMMODATION page.  Early booking will be recommended.

Lunches and a conference dinner arranged by the organisers are included within the registration fee.  There is a wide range of restaurants, bars and coffee shops within easy distance of the hotel for times when meals will not be provided.  Breakfast will be responsibility of individual conference participants and will be included in the hotel room rate. Coffee and tea will be provided at breaks.

SPONSORSHIP   

Unfortunately sponsorship opportunities for participants are very limited and no financial support is available to support travel costs.  Delegates in need of lower cost accommodation options, particularly those attending from developing countries, should contact the organisers for further information.

WEATHER   

During the summer months the weather in St Louis is HOT and humid, casual, light clothing is suggested.

TRAVEL   

Saint Louis is well-served by air, with frequent connecting flights from Atlanta, Washington D.C., Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and other cities.  The airport lies about 10 miles [about 15 kilometres] north west of the city centre.  Information on how to reach the Garden and hotel will be provided on the conference website.

VISAS   

Participants from some countries may require visas.  We cannot undertake to arrange visas, but it is recommended you contact your local U.S. Embassy and relevant webs to ensure that you investigate and complete any necessary entry requirements in good time before your intended travel date.  Letters of invitation to help facilitate visa applications are available on request from the organisers.




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