05.11.2019. Think globally - act locally - GSPC-2019 World Forum! The World Forum on Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) Forum 2019 was held in Sichuan, China. Delegates from 17 countries were among those invited to one of the key forums, before the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity Conservation (CBD) next year, which will also be held in Kunming, China. The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) is an integral part of the Convention on Biodiversity Conservation (CBD), which has been ratified, including by the Russian Federation. For the global community of botanical gardens, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) and its targets are the main and one of the most significant documents for determining the directions of work of botanical gardens, both regionally and nationally and internationally.
In addition, the World Forum on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) - 2019 was one of the last significant international meetings to summarize the implementation of the targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) over the past ten years from 2011 to 2020 and discuss and develop a new version of GSPC for the next ten years 2021-2030!!! The World Forum on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) 2019 was organized by the China Wild Flora Association with the support of the secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity Conservation (CBD), the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation (GPPC). The significance of the past World Forum was underlined by the presence and speeches of the General Secretary of BGCI Paul Smith and the President of the GPPC Peter Weiss Jackson. The Forum was attended by representatives of state governments, government ministries and departments, environmental organizations at various levels, including a number of botanical gardens.
We are sincerely pleased that the Botanical Garden of Tver State University was among the delegates invited to this Forum, and it is doubly pleasant that we not only attended the Forum, but received an invitation and the opportunity to make a presentation at a session key to the activities of the Botanical Gardens “Es-situ and in-situ plant conservation” . The Botanical Garden of Tver State University made a presentation on the theme “EX /IN-situ - plant conservation for life or for survival”. The presentation not only presented the experience of our Garden in organizing scientific activities for the conservation of plant biodiversity, but paid attention to the interpretation and translation of the results of this work to involve the maximum number of people of all national, age and social groups, primarily at the regional level. We are sincerely pleased that our presentation aroused great interest among the participants of the Forum, and we received not only flattering reviews, but also concrete proposals for cooperation.
One of the results of the work of the delegation of the Botanical Garden of Tver State University at the Forum was an official agreement on a visit to Russia next year by Secretary General of the BGCI Paul Smith, President of the GPPC and Missouri Botanical Garden Peter Wyse Jackson and Missouri Botanic Garden Vice President Andrew Wyatt. The visit of specialists of such a global level to Russia involves holding a scientific and practical seminar-meeting to summarize the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) 2011-2020 and discuss and develop a new version of GSPC 2021-2030! There was no such Forum in Russia, and we are sincerely happy that it will take place before the adoption of the final version of GSPC 2021-2030. This means that the community of Russian botanical gardens, including the Council of Botanical Gardens of Russia and the Moscow branch of BGCI, will have the opportunity to participate in the discussion of the final version of GSPC 2021-2030. There, at the Forum, agreement was reached on joining the meeting of the Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan in Almaty.
We are sincerely grateful to the China Association for the Conservation of Wild Flora, the Organizing Committee and moderators of the World Forum on GSPC - 2019 for inviting the delegation of our Garden and for the high level of organization of the Forum. Indeed, in the framework of the Forum there was an opportunity to participate not only in workshops and round tables, but also to get acquainted with the achievements of China in the field of environmental initiatives. We got the opportunity to get acquainted with the work of the Center for the Conservation of the Big Panda in Sichuan, saw the territory of the National Parks and got acquainted with the work and the latest achievements of the botanical gardens of Shanghai and Beijing.
We thank the Administration of Tver State University and the staff of the Botanical Garden of Tver State University for the opportunity to participate in the Forum.
The loss of species, ecosystems and genetic diversity is already a global threat to both current and especially future generations of people! These losses are today's reality, not empty talk or far-fetched threats! This is a question for all mankind, a question that we asked in the topic of the presentation made at the Forum of the Botanical Garden of Tver State University - “Plant conservation - what is it for - for life or for survival?”. We can, we must, we are simply obligated to make every effort so that the problem of preserving biological diversity becomes clear to billions of ordinary people, and participation in the conservation of biological diversity becomes part of the lives of billions of ordinary people! Or at least millions! Botanical gardens can do much more than they do, and do much more than ordinary people know about it! We think globally - we act locally, for our common World and our common Life!