Stakeholder workshop on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation held in Uganda
A stakeholder workshop on implementing the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation was held in Uganda from 4-5 March, 2015.
The workshop, which was organised in partnership with the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) brought together representatives from a wide range of government and non-governmental organisations to discuss how to take forwards the 16 targets of the GSPC.
The GSPC is a programme of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) and in 2014, during the 12th Conference of the Parties to the CBD, the lack of progress towards some of the GSPC targets was noted with concern. At this meeting, the CBD Executive Secretary was also requested to assist Parties to catalyse and promote cross-sectoral linkages among agricultural, health, food and environmental agencies with regard to plant conservation.
In response to this request, BGCI, in partnership with NEMA, organised this stakeholder workshop to bring relevant actors together to discuss GSPC implementation in the framework of the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, identify gaps and look at capacity building needs and opportunities.
The workshop was held with the generous support of the Japan Biodiversity Fund.
The workshop had three main aims:
- To review progress towards the GSPC targets and gather information on the state of plant diversity and its conservation in Uganda, noting significant gaps that need to be addressed;
- To bring together key GSPC stakeholders in Uganda and identify opportunities to strengthen linkages between them;
- To identify linkages between the GSPC targets and other environmental / agricultural agreements and discuss ways and means to streamline reporting processes.
The outcomes of the workshop included:
- The identification of key plant conservation stakeholders in Uganda;
- Information gathered on progress to date towards conserving plant diversity in Uganda and urgent gaps identified;
- Ideas developed on possible mechanisms to share information on plant conservation activities to assist in reporting and monitoring.
A full report of the workshop will be available shortly.