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South Africa, as a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), is committed to the implementation of a national strategy to conserve plants that aligns with the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. With 6% of the world's plant diversity and strong botanical and conservation capacity, South Africa is well placed to make a significant contribution to plant conservation globally. This document presents South Africa's Strategy for Plant Conservation. It includes 16 outcome-oriented targets, each of which, if implemented well, will help lead to improved conservation of plants. The targets range from work to document, describe and assess the conservation status of plants; through to targets to conserve plants in situ and ex situ. There are targets tackling the threat of invasive alien plants and a host of targets that address the sustainable utilisation of South Africa's plant species. The strategy ends with three targets on expanding plant conservation awareness through education programmes and building individuals' skills and institutional capacity to implement plant conservation effectively. The targets are nationally relevant and align with activities identified in South Africa's updated National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP).
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