LINKS TO MORE
N.B. These days, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, can be recommended as
a general subject search tool e.g. try "Aluka" or "Plant Conservation".
- Aluka is an international initiative to build an
on-line digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa.
One focus is the African Plants Initiative to store and distribute
digital images of dried plant herbarium sheets, particularly type
specimens. Materials are being contributed by over 100 partner
institutions around the world, including the Compton, Bolus and
Pretoria Herbaria in South Africa; Kew and the Natural History Museum
First released in Feb 2007, it currently contains more than 275,000
objects and returns over 100 items when searched about Adromischus. Alas, non-participating users are only
permitted to see small thumbnails of the images and even that may cease
after 30th Jun 2008.
- Global Strategy for Plant
The big picture for plant
conservation! The GSPC is a framework to harmonise existing plant
conservation initiatives, to identify gaps where new initiatives are
required, and to mobilize the necessary resources. The (easily
readable) Strategy includes five goals, expressed as sixteen,
outcome-oriented, global targets set for 2010. To help nations meet the
targets, a consortium of international and national plant and
conservation agencies form the Global
Partnership for Plant Conservation with their own Plants2010 web site. Will the
UK meet these targets? Will any government meet these ambitious targets?
Gardens Conservation International
BGCI was founded in 1987 to link botanic gardens as a co-operating
global network for effective plant conservation. It now links over 2500
institutions in over 120 countries, all working together to preserve
and promote plant diversity for people and the planet.
on Biological Diversity
the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed a
strategy for "sustainable development" - the CBD. This pact among the
vast majority of the world's governments, sets out commitments for
maintaining the world's natural ecology as we go about the business of
economic development. The Convention establishes three main goals: the
conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its
components, and the equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of
The World Conservation Union, through its Species Survival Commission (SSC), has for more than four decades been assessing
the conservation status of plant & animal species on a global
scale. Taxa threatened with extinction are evaluated using the IUCN Categories and Criteria and highlighted in the IUCN Red List. The list provides taxonomic, conservation
status and distribution information and thus promotes their
conservation. Here is the South African Plant Red List on-line.
The aim of the Convention on International
Trade in Endangered Species is to ensure that cross-border trade in
specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Although Adromischus is not listed (see FAQ 2), a number of cacti & succulent plants
are on Appendix I and their trade is permitted only in
exceptional circumstances. All other cacti & many more
succulents are on Appendix II and monitored & controlled.
Official information about the European Union and the CITES regulations
which apply to the UK, including lists of restricted plant species.
- For South
African plant trade requirements, see FAQ 13 .