European Native Seed Conservation Network

The objective of the project was to improve quality, coordination and integration of European seed conservation practice, policy and research for native plant species and to assist EU conservation policy and its obligations to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

The main achievements of the project were the following:

  • Spirit of collaboration formed between European native species seed banks
  • Single voice created for native species seed banking in Europe
  • Provision of a platform for discussion and the exchange of experience
  • Isolated activities and institutions brought together to maximise impact and reduce duplication of effort
  • Lead partner in European Plant Conservation Strategy (ESPC)
  • Analysis of native seed bank holdings and facilities across Europe carried out
  • Two native seed banking manuals (Collecting and Curation) developed and published on-line
  • Online seed banking educational tool, the Virtual Tour developed
  • Developed and maintained the project website.
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