Without plants, life as we know it wouldn’t be possible, yet the diversity of plants that keeps humanity thriving is under threat like never before. Our scientists strive to spotlight ways that NYBG and other organizations around the world can join forces to create wide-scale conservation action. Our work, carried out in tandem with local and international collaborators, ensures that science-based policy and decision-making guide and inform conservation efforts to sustain Earth’s ecosystems for the benefit of future generations.
The Center for Conservation Strategy has three main goals:
- To expand the scale, number, and impact of NYBG’s collaborations with conservation initiatives worldwide;
- To strengthen conservation capacity-building, including training future biodiversity leaders; and
- To advance conservation by fostering the sustainable use of plant resources locally and globally.
Thematically, our activities of the CCS derive from The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), a program of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity with a comprehensive set of goals to be completed by 2020. The GSPC comprises five broad objectives that guide 16 specific targets. All of the CCS’s projects address one or more of the GSPC objectives and targets, thus positioning NYBG to be a leader in this global effort.