The North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Plant Conservation is a tool for anyone. It is meant not only for botanic gardens but others as well such as zoos, natural history museums, universities, governments, native plant societies, and any other interested groups. From the smallest organization to the largest, all can find utility and the inspiration to action.
Plant diversity is indispensable. Beyond sustaining a healthy planet, it impacts societal, economic, and political stability. The aspirations described herein provide a useful framework to focus local and regional plant conservation efforts toward the collective achievement of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC).
In the ten years since the original publication of the 2006 North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Plant Conservation (North American Strategy), the botanic garden community has grown significantly in its capacity and commitment for plant conservation. Increasingly, botanic gardens are making plant and habitat conservation core to their missions and strategies. This document provides a framework to leverage North American botanic gardens as a collective force to stop plant extinctions and the loss of wild habitats.