SO MUCH YET TO KNOW
Plants are incredible lifeforms. They harness light converting its energy into foods to nourish their biology, generating nutrients and materials upon which man and so many other species depend so dearly. The most recent IUCN Red List includes assessments for over 18,000 species of plants, almost 70% of which are listed as threatened. But with only 6% of the estimated 300,000 described plant species having been assessed, there is still much to know in terms of worldwide plant species conservation.
MANKING AND PLANTS
Man's development and survival is rooted in his relationship with the myriad plant species of the world. Cultivated and wild plants across the globe are used to provide foods, medicine, fuel, shelter, decoration and materials for construction. So too, plants provide an array of ecosystems services, generating oxygen, sequestering carbon, reducing soil erosion to name but a few of the vital actions performed. But it is not just the jungles, forests and the woodlands of different climactic zones and latitiudes that play parts in this panoply of life. Marine plants and algaes also contribute to the virtuous natural cycles of renewing and maintaining Earth's finely balanced chemistry.
IUCN PLANT SPECIALISTS GROUPS
SOS plant projects build on the world leading plant expertise from 32 dedicated IUCN Plant Specialist Groups and international conservation organizations' cutting edge work to save threatened plant species in the wild.