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Systematics Section/ASPT

Miller, Chuck [1].

The World Flora Online – Achieving Target 1 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

In its decision X/17, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a consolidated update of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) for the decade 2011–2020 at its 10th Conference of the Parties held in Nagoya, Japan in October 2010. The updated GSPC includes five objectives and 16 targets to be achieved by 2020. Target 1 aims to complete the ambitious target of “an online flora of all known plants” by 2020. A widely accessible Flora of all known plant species is a fundamental requirement for plant conservation and provides a baseline for the achievement and monitoring of other targets of the Strategy. The previous (GSPC 2010) Target 1 aimed to develop “a widely accessible working list of known plant species as a step towards a complete world flora,” and this target was achieved at the end of 2010, as The Plant List ( Drawing from the knowledge gained in producing The Plant List, a project to create an online world Flora of all known plant species is now underway. A World Flora Online (WFO) Council has been formed with twenty seven participating institutions world-wide and supporting Technical and Taxonomic Working Groups who are diligently working to achieve the 2020 Target. An information portal is online at The structure of the WFO will be a framework capable of accommodating regional floristic information (at national or lower level) that can provide answers in both regional and global contexts. Enhancements will include more complete synonymy; geographic distributions to at least country level, drawing on national floras, checklists, and monographs; habitat data; identification tools, principally interactive keys, images, and descriptions; conservation status; and other enhancements as practicable, e.g., vernacular names. Rapid progress is now being made toward publication of a beta WFO public portal. This presentation will describe the vision, technical approach, progress to date and plans for this new and significant global project.

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1 - Missouri Botanical Garden, Center for Biodiversity Informatics, 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St Louis, MO, 63110, USA

World Flora Online

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 18
Location: Salon 3/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2015
Time: 2:15 PM
Number: 18004
Abstract ID:245
Candidate for Awards:None

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