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WWT - IUCN partnership will help plants and wetlands

10 April 2013

A new partnership has been agreed between the IUCN SSC Freshwater Plant Specialist Group (FPSG) and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) that will improve wetland conservation and help save threatened plants.

Through the agreement, WWT will support the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission’s (SSC) Freshwater Plant Specialist Group to further the research and conservation of wetland-dependant plants around the world, whilst benefitting from access to a wealth of specialist knowledge.
“Plants are fundamental building blocks of our wetlands and an increasing number of species are under threat, so I’m really pleased that we will be working closely with the FPSG,” said Rob Shore, Head of Wetland Conservation at WWT.
“From managing our own wetlands, we know it is critical to create the conditions for native plants to thrive so they support the diversity of other life that is found in wetlands – from invertebrates right through to birds and mammals," continued Rob Shore. “If we get that right, the whole rich mix of wetland species largely falls into place. But if it goes wrong, the system rapidly falls apart, which is why, for instance, we are so concerned about the impact of non-native aquatic plants on the wildlife of our wetlands. This is a field that will really benefit from our new partnership.”

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