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Mon. 4th

Tuesday 5th

Wednesday 6th

Thursday 7th

Friday 8th





8.00 – 9.00 On site / Late Registration






9.00 – 9.10 Opening Ceremony

9.00 - 10.30  Plenary Session 3: Conserving plant diversity

James Aronson (Montpellier, France) - Ecological restoration as it relates to the GSPC Targets 4, 8 and 10

Tim Entwistle (Kew, U.K.): Fresh Air: How the Breathing Planet Programme breaths new life into the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the world

Matthew Albrecht (St Louis, USA) – A synthesis of the science and practice of plant reintroduction

Gary A. Krupnick (Washington DC, USA): North American Orchid Conservation Center - a concept for a national focus on orchid conservation and restoration

9.00 – 10.40  Plenary Session 5: Conserving plant diversity

   Tiffany Knight (St Louis, USA) – Optimal management of invasive species: a case study with garlic mustard

   Christopher Dunn (Hawaii, USA) – Considering biological and cultural diversity in the context of botanical conservation strategies

   Ehsan Dulloo (Bioversity, Rome, Italy) – Conserving crop genetic diversity including crop wild relatives: progress over last decade

   Michael Kiehn (Vienna, Austria) – International trade in endangered plant species, the GSPC context

   David Galbraith (Hamilton, Canada) - What are the challenges in achieving the sustainable use of plants targets in Canada?

   Anastasiya Timoshyna (Traffic International, Hungary): Towards sustainable sourcing of wild plant-based products: the FairWild Standard

Optional tours of the Herbarium, Library, Garden and Shaw Nature Reserve can be arranged.

CBD GSPC Liaison Group meeting (by invitation only)  Continues to 9th July.



9.10 – 10.10  Plenary Session 1: The GSPC 2010-2020

   Robert Höft (CBD Secretariat, Montreal) – Background to the GSPC and its CBD context

   Peter Wyse Jackson (St Louis, U.S.A.) - The Global Partnership for Plant Conservation

   Sara Oldfield (BGCI, U.K.) - BGCI’s role in GSPC implementation




10.10 – 10.40   Coffee Break



10.30 – 11.00  Coffee Break



10.40 – 12.20  Plenary Session 2: Understanding and documenting plant diversity  (Targets 1-3):

    Nick Turland (St Louis, USA) - From the Plant List to a World Flora on-line: some future perspectives

    Sara Oldfield (BGCI, UK) –Towards a global tree assessment

    Domitilla Raimondo (SANBI, South Africa) - Achieving Target 2: Lessons learnt from assessing a megaflora

    Sophie Williams (Kew, U.K.) - Policy lessons from the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

    Chipper Wichman (Hawaii, USA) – Towards the implementation of GSPC Targets 1-3 in Hawaii

10.40 – 11.00  Coffee Break



11.00 – 12.00  National Public Radio Session

    Panel discussion on “The future of plant conservation” for live Public Broadcast.

11.00 – 12.20  Plenary Session 6: Building capacity for plant conservation.

    Alberto Gomes Mejia (Quindio, Colombia) – Building capacity to implement the Colombian Plant Conservation Strategy.

    Colin Clubbe (Kew, U.K.) – Building capacity for the achievement of the GSPC in the Caribbean region

    Andrea Kramer and Kay Havens (Chicago, USA) – Applying lessons from the U.S. Botanical Capacity Assessment Project to achieving the 2020 targets.

    Hesiquio Benitez (Mexico) – Implementing the GSPC in Mexico



12.00 – 1.30 Lunch




12.20 – 2.00 Lunch

12.20 – 2.00 Lunch / Symposium Meeting the GSPC Targets in Hawaii



1.30 – 3.30  Plenary Session 4: Conserving plant diversity

Kathryn Kennedy (St Louis, USA) – How has the 25 years of CPC experience indicated future priorities and possibilities for plant conservation?

Kay Havens and Patti Vitt (Chicago, USA) – Assisted migration of plants: changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes

Suzanne Sharrock (BGCI, U.K.) – Monitoring progress towards GSPC Target 8

Aline Finger (Zurich, Switzerland) – Island endemics close to extinction: conservation on the cutting edge

Abby Hird (BGCI-US, Boston, USA) - Target 8 of the GSPC: North American progress

Valerie Pence (Cincinnati, USA) – In vitro methods and the challenge of exceptional species for target 8 of the GSPC






 2.00 – 3.30    Parallel Workshops

         Workshop 1: The ‘World Flora’: possibilities and perspectives – a Stakeholder Consultation (Coordinator: Chris Freeland (St Louis, U.S.A.)

         Workshop 2: The GSPC Toolkit – a discussion workshop. Suzanne Sharrock (BGCI, U.K.)

         Workshop 3: Red listing & achieving Target 2 (Coordinator: George Schatz (St Louis, U.S.A.)


 2.00 – 3.30  Parallel Workshops

          Workshop 6: Linking the GSPC targets at an Institutional Level – a discussion workshop (Coordinator: Olga Martha Montiel (St Louis, USA)

          Workshop 7: The GSPC, ABS and the Nagoya Protocol (Coordinator: Andrew Wyatt (St Louis, USA)


          Workshop 8: Raising public awareness of plant conservation and the GSPC (Coordinator: tbd)





3.30 – 4.00 Break and Posters

3.30 – 4.00 Break and Posters

3.30 – 4.00 Break and Posters



4.00 – 6.00 Symposium:
Building capacity for GSPC: implementation at national levels

    Gustavo Martinelli (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) - The Brazilian GSPC experience and plans

    Jacinto Regalado (Hanoi, Vietnam) - Assessment of distribution and conservation status of threatened plant species in Indochina

    David Bramwell (Gran Canaria, Spain) - The GSPC, a major stimulus for the conservation of the Macaronesian flora

    Porter P. Lowry II, George E. Schatz and Sylvie Andriambololonera (Missouri, France and Madagascar) - Contributions of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Madagascar Program toward achieving the GSPC 2011-2020 targets

    Saw Leng Guan (Malaysia) GSPC and plant conservation efforts at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia

    John Sawyer (New Zealand) – A network approach to plant conservation in New Zealand

4.00  – 5.30 Parallel Workshops

Workshop 4: Ecological restoration and the GSPC (Coordinator: James Aronson (Montpellier, France)

Workshop 5: Technical rationales, milestones for the GSPC targets – linking with the CBD Strategic Plan (Coordinator: Suzanne Sharrock).

4.00 – 5.00     GPPC Business meeting

  • Report on GPPC activities
  • Review of future work program
  • Discussion
  • Elections





5:00 - 7:00 Informal

5.00 – 5.30
Conclusions and Close







   Free evening

7:00 - Conference Dinner







7.30 - Optional opportunity to attend the Garden’s Whitaker Concert


Conference Sessions

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.

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.



A welcoming drinks reception will be hosted at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Monday night 4th July from 5.00 p.m to 7.00 p.m.  The bus will depart from the Sheraton Hotel at 4:30 p.m. Transport to the hotel will be provided after the reception.

Conference Dinner

A conference dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday 7th July at 7.00 p.m. Transport to the hotel will be provided after the dinner.

Accompanying Persons

The conference organisers cannot provide activities for accompanying person not attending the conference.  However, there are a wide variety of tourist and cultural activities available in and around St Louis, including city tours, visits to historical sites and areas of natural beauty.  Accompanying persons will have free access to the Missouri Botanical Garden on production of their conference badge.  Accompanying persons may attend the conference dinner by paying US$45.00.


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