Patrick Griffith, IUCN/SSC CSG Co-chair
Species: 2014 Annual Report of the Species Survival Commission and the Global Species Programme is now available online.
The Cycad Specialist Group Report is also reproduced here.
2014 was a busy year for cycad conservation. Thank you to all the experts working around the world to help these imperiled plants.
The CSG will be having its next meeting immediately prior to Cycad 2015, the 10th International Conference on Cycad Biology which will be hosted in Medellín, Colombia. The CSG meeting will take place on August 15th and 16th (2015) and will include a Red Listing Workshop to update the conservation status of cycads for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC) has been designated as the host of the Programme Office for the Cycad Specialist Group (CSG).
Under a partnership with the IUCN Species Survival Commission, MBC will:
The World List of Cycads, produced under the auspices of the IUCN/SSC Cycad Specialist Group, has been selected as the taxonomic data provider for The Catalogue of Life (CoL). According to the CoL website:
The Catalogue of Life is the most comprehensive and authoritative global index of species currently available. It consists of a single integrated species checklist and taxonomic hierarchy. The Catalogue holds essential information on the names, relationships and distributions of over 1.5 million species.
A list of accepted Cycads on the Catalogue of Life can be found here.
Welcome to IUCN / SSC Cycad Specialist Group’s new website!
In 2015, the CSG will undertake a major update to the conservation status of cycads for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. A generous grant for this work was recently obtained through the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund.
To support and broaden this initiative, this new website will help achieve CSG objectives in these ways: