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Conservation Actions for Threatened Mediterranean Island Flora: ex situ and in situ joint actions

Project Summary

CARE-MEDIFLORA aims to improve the conservation status of threatened Mediterranean plant species. It is a project implemented by institutions of six Mediterranean islands (Balearic Islands, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Crete and Cyprus) and the IUCN/SSC Mediterranean Plant Specialist Group.

The project aims at improving the conservation status of threatened island plants representative of the entire Mediterranean basin, through the implementation of urgent actions and campaigns:
•    in situ conservation of endangered plant species of the Mediterranean islands through in situ management actions such as population reinforcement, species reintroduction, fencing, controlling pest plants and reconnecting isolated remnants

•    ex situ conservation of endangered plant species through seed collection and long term storage in seed banks of accessions representative of the overall diversity of selected taxa. Previous and new seed collections are used to produce plant material for the in situ management actions.

CARE-MEDIFLORA is supporting networking among the project partners, institutions and authorities on each island, and/or related initiatives at Mediterranean and wider international level, in order to contribute to the long term effectiveness of plant conservation. Project results are shared with plant conservation specialists and local stakeholders with the aim to 
•    increase collaboration among institutions involved with in situ and ex situ conservation 
•    raise awareness about local flora vulnerability.

Project duration: Jan 2016 - Jun 2019


CIHEAM Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Mediterranean Plant Conservation Unit - Greece

Source of funding : Funded 80 % by the MAVA Foundation
Programme and Contact references : Bertrand de Montmollin, Project Coordinator, Mediterranean Plant Specialist Group – IUCN/SSC, & Panagiota Gotsiou, Project Technical and Communication Manager, CIHEAM Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania,
Total budget : 1 911 975,00 €
Partners :
  • Mediterranean Plant Specialist Group – IUCN/SSC - Switzerland
  • Sóller Botanical Garden Foundation, Balearic Islands - Spain
  • Office of the Environment of Corsica, Conservatoire Botanique National de Corse - France
  • Hortus Botanicus Karalitanus, University of Cagliari, Sardinia - Italy
  • University of Catania, Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Sicily - Italy
  • Agricultural Research Institute - Cyprus
  • Department of Forests - Cyprus