In April 2002, the CBD adopted the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, including 14 outcome-orientedglobal targets for 2010. The ultimate and long term objective of the strategy is to halt the current and continuing loss of plant diversity.
Policy relevant to the conservation challenges that arise from the increasing global demand for wild harvest and cultivation of medicinal plants has been scattered among many different areas: forestry, health, agriculture, indigenous knowledge, access and benefit sharing, and sustainable livelihoods. The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation provides a policy environment that is particularly well suited to addressing these challenges in a coherent way for medicinal and aromatic plant species.
Understanding and Documenting Plant Diversity:
1. A widely accessible working list of known plant species, as a step towards a complete world flora.
2. An assessment of the conservation status of all known plant species.
3. An understanding of basic conservation needs for threatened plant species, with conservation protocols developed for 50% of such species.
Conserving Plant Diversity:
4. 10% of each of the world's ecological regions and 50% of the world's threatened species effectively conserved in situ.
5. 90% of threatened plant species in accessible ex situ collections, and 20% of them included in recovery programmes.
6. 30% of production lands managed consistent with the conservation of plant diversity.
7. 70% of the genetic diversity of crops and other major socio-economically valuable plant species conserved.
8. Threats to plant diversity from invasive alien species tackled.
Using Plant Diversity Sustainably:
9. No species of wild flora subject to unsustainable exploitation because of international trade.
10. 30% of plant based products derived from sources that are sustainably managed.
11. The decline of plant resources that support sustainable livelihoods, local food security and health care, reversed.
Promoting Education and Awareness about Plant Diversity:
12. Every child aware of the importance of plant diversity and the need for its conservation.
Building Capacity for the conservation of Plant Diversity:
13. The number of trained people working with adequate facilities in plant conservation and related activities doubled.
14. Networks for plant conservation activities established or strengthened at international, regional, and national levels.
Source: http://www.biodiv.org/programmes/cross-cutting/plant/targets.asp , viewed 30.9.2002