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IUCN/SSC Seed Conservation Specialist Group

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is a global network of more than 7500 scientific experts, working together to achieve “A just world that values and conserves nature through positive action to reduce the loss of diversity of life on earth.” The SSC includes over 140 Specialist Groups, organized taxonomically, regionally, or by discipline.

The SSC Seed Conservation Specialist Group (SCSG) was proposed at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress and established in 2017 with a mission to promote seed conservation by providing a network for knowledge-sharing in different ecosystems around the world,  aiding prioritization, capacity building and development of best practices. 

The SCSG is comprised of experts including native seed bank managers, conservation program managers, national/international coordinators, and other specialists from around the world, and Botanic Gardens Conservation International serves as its secretariat. The work we do reduces risks faced by species and ecosystems, and it improves the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species, and genetic diversity. Our primary targets for the 2016-2020 quadrennium are:

Actively recruit new members

• Create an online global Seed Conservation Directory of Expertise (2018): 

• Conduct and publish a regional and topical gap analysis of seed conservation expertise (2019)

• Create IUCN Guidelines on Seed Conservation (2020)

Recruitment is ongoing, and membership is open to all who are interested in seed conservation.

Leadership for the SCSG:

Co-Chair: Marian M. Chau, Lyon Arboretum - University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA

Co-Chair: Uromi Goodale, College of Forestry - Guangxi University, Guangxi, China

Deputy Chair: Dustin Wolkis, National Tropical Botanical Garden - Hawai'i, USA

Secretariat: Katherine O’Donnell, Botanic Gardens Conservation International


Directory of expertise

Funding has been secured from the United States Forest Service and an additional funder to create a global directory of seed banking facilities, expertise and resources. The first step in this project is to gather U.S. data to build a knowledge hub of U.S. seed conservation capacity.

Harold. L. Lyon Arboretum and the National Tropical Botanic Garden in collaboration with BGCI have produced a survey to gather data from U.S. seed conservation professionals.

The second step of the project is now open and we are asking for global contributions to the directory

To provide infomation for the directory, please fill out this form: