Bárbara Goettsch (IUCN, International Union for the Conservation of Nature) – Assessing the conservation status of the world’s most important plant species for human survival

    IUCN’s Plants for People initiative will assess the extinction risk of plant species that are most essential for human survival. We will focus on the most economically important plant species from four key groups: crop wild relatives, medicinal plants, palms and timber trees and make published assessments available on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Generating this information will allow to define which species are in more need of conservation action, where they occur and which are the main threats affecting them. This information will be a solid foundation to inform and plan conservation. It will also be paramount in achieving the targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, in particular  Target 2: An assessment of the conservation status of all known plant species, as far as possible, to guide conservation action.  It will also support the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020) and its Aichi biodiversity targets. The information generated on plants important for human livelihoods through Plants for People will allow influencing policy that could enable the long term survival of this indispensable species.