Plants for People – The Initiative


Conserving the world’s most important trees, crop wild relatives, medicinal plants and palms

Rain Wolves

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Plants for People (P4P) is a major new initiative to assess the threat status (using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria) of at least 1,500 highest priority species in each of the following plant groups: crop wild relatives; medicinal plants; timber trees; and palms (6,000 in total).

Rain Wolves

© C. Mittermeier

This is a joint initiative of the Global Species Programme (GSP) and the Species Survival Commission (SSC), involving the Crop Wild Relatives, Medicinal Plants, Global Trees and Palms IUCN SSC Specialist Groups. P4P will also collaborate with national, regional, and international specialist organizations working on economically valuable plants. The information generated through P4P will be used to determine sites of significance for useful wild plants species, and will be the basis to plan ‘on the ground’ conservation actions. In parallel a policy-influencing strategy will be developed for appropriate policy fora (notably the Convention on Biological Diversity) to raise awareness of the importance of conserving plant diversity amongst governments, NGOs and other relevant institutions.

 

 

 

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