Millennium Seed Bank Project - Partnerships in Latin America
By September 2003 the MSBP International Team had developed
collaborative project partnerships in 16 different countries.
The project partnerships vary in their structure and scope
but all aim to collect and conserve seeds from dryland plant
species and to strengthen in-country capacity for seed banking.
The drylands covered range from hyper-arid biomes to savanna
and grassland ecosystems characterised by water stress at
some time in the year. Many of the partner projects are progressively
identifying priority species for collection such as endangered
species, endemics and economically important species. Endangered
populations are also given priority wherever possible in order
to collect their germplasm before it is lost.
In addition to the seed collecting activities, all the MSBP
partnerships include research, training and other capacity-building
elements. Several projects also include activities relating
to the sustainable use of plants and links to in situ
conservation. In this way the partnerships are working hard
to implement many aspects of the Convention on Biological
Diversity (CBD). Specifically, the MSBP is contributing to
the implementation of the CBD Work Programme on Dry and Sub-humid
Lands and the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.
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