COST Action An integrated approach to conservation of threatened plants for the 21st Century

EU - others (CA18201, 2019 - 2023, running project)
Coordinator or leader of the project: 
Ziva Fisher
Coordinator or leader institution of the project: 
University of Primorska
Responsible person at ÖK: 
Short description: 

Even though plants represent an essential part of our lives offering exploitational, supporting and cultural
services, we know very little about the biology of the rarest and most threatened plant species, and even less about their conservation status. Rapid changes in the environment and climate, today more pronounced than ever, affect their fitness and distribution causing rapid species declines, sometimes even before they had been discovered. Despite the high goals set by conservationists to protect native plants from further
degradation and extinction, the initiatives for the conservation of threatened species in Europe are scattered
and have not yielded the desired results. The main aim of this Action is to improve plant conservation in
Europe through the establishment of a network of scientists and other stakeholders who deal with different
aspects of plant conservation, from plant taxonomy, ecology, conservation genetics, conservation physiology
and reproductive biology to protected area's managers, not forgetting social scientists, who are crucial when
dealing with the general public.