The Species Plantarum Programme: Flora of the World (SPPFW) has been in existence for slightly more than two decades and
during this time published basic taxonomic information for just over 1000 species, in 11 families. While an admirable initiative, at
this pace it will take about 350 years to reach completion. At the 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological
Diversity (CBD), which was held in Nagoya, Japan, in October 2010, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) was
updated for the period up to 2020 (the first phase of the GSPC had been adopted in 2002). The first target of the Strategy aims to
produce an online flora for all known plants of the world by 2020, in about three years therefore. Governments that are parties to the
CBD are due to report over the next few years on progress with achieving all of the 16 GSPC targets, including this challenging first
target. While many individual countries have initiatives to prepare online digital floras of their own territory, it is recognized that the
achievement of the World Flora target relies on the achievement of an international initiative, rather than having e-floras for each
country. For that reason, in 2012 an international project was launched, which was welcomed by the CBD, to take forward this
initiative. A World Flora Online (WFO) Consortium was subsequently established, now including 38 organizations and institutions
worldwide, to take forward the achievement of this target. Although the SPPFW and WFO may be deemed to have similar
objectives, the timeframe available to produce e-floras for countries that are parties to the CBD, and by implication for the world,
will mean that conducting original monographic work toward refining and improving existing classifications will in many instances
have to be either curtailed or brought to a swift conclusion. Without the necessary global support and funding, the slow progress of
the SPPFW has clearly illustrated that producing a WFO is a very ambitious target to reach in less than a decade. Governments,
plant taxonomists, botanical institutions, funding agencies, global initiatives, and stakeholders have not pooled resources to make a
revision-driven World Flora—the SPPFW—a reality. Target 1 of the 2020 GSPC will, of necessity not be met through exclusively
original work, but instead will need to rely on the synthesis of existing information, while identifying and attempting to fill
significant taxonomic and geographical gaps. The implications for the SPPFW, as countries work toward achieving Target 1 of the
GSPC, are discussed.
The exceptional botanical wealth of southern Africa has been known internationally since the early 17th century. However, it is only during the past 25 years that a succession of regional floristic checklists has been ...
Le Roux, M. Marianne; Wilkin, Paul; Balkwill, Kevin; Boatwright, J. Stephen; Bytebier, Benny; Filer, Denis; Klak, Cornelia; Klopper, Ronell Renett; Koekemoer, Marinda; Livermore, Laurence; Lubke, Roy; Magee, Anthony R.; Manning, John C.; Paton, Alan; Pearce, Tim; Slingsby, Jasper; Van Wyk, Ben-Erik; Victor, Janine E.; Von Staden, Lize(International Association for Plant Taxonomy, 2017-04)
Taxonomy provides a universal method to classify biodiversity at different scales locally and globally. Currently,
existing taxonomic treatments are scattered, limiting their accessibility and utility. The Convention on ...
Van Rooy, Jacques; Van Wyk, Abraham Erasmus (Braam)(Maney, 2010)
A TWINSPAN classification divides southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho) into two main bryofloristic regions: (1) a subtropical or palaeotropical region in the northern, eastern and southern ...