MTZ FLORAS, A WARNING LIGHT OF GLOBAL CONSERVATION FUTURE
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Proposed Symposium Title: MTZ FLORAS, A WARNING LIGHT OF GLOBAL CONSERVATION FUTURE
Abstract: No other biome has already available red lists for all their plants:
Red Lists Conservation agencies Databases
California 1974 (1.395 taxa) CNDDB online (species in the current list: XXXX)
Department of Fish and Wildlife CNDDB (polygons)
Cape Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Red Data Book (2009) CapeNature Protea Atlas,
SANBI (desde 2017)
Quarter Degree Square (qds)
Chile Red Data Book (1971) Seminario CONAF (1989). Several regional red lists (since 2004) CONAF, nacional level Some researchers have personal databases
SW Australia 1979 The Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation (DCLM) FloraBase (
80% of records have an estimated
spatial error of between 2 and 10 km)
SPAIN 1986, 2000, 2008 (1.571 taxa) Regional and National agencies Several (1kmx1km utm)
Symposium goals: set the foundation for the establishment of a global system of biodiversity and conservation monitoring in the five MTZ of the planet.
• Identification of gaps in plant conservation strategies in the MTZ floras
• Are different MTZ areas responding differently to common conservation challenges?
• Flora rewilding, restoration efforts for plant conservation
MTZ combine three main aspects basic in conservation science, biodiversity, threats and knowledge. One of the richest and more diverse biomes in the Globe, the most if we consider area extension. In addition, the MTZ floras are one of the more studied and better known in the Globe. Finally, MTZ has been for long, one of the more intensive conservation scenarios.
Two major points to be considered:
1. Major current drivers of threats.
• land use changes (urbanization), fire, conservation problems,
• red list plants assessments
2. Future prospect: future scenarios of Mediterranean biodiversity and conservation efforts (2 hours) Modeling scenarios in MTZ
• Future trends in extinction rates and threatening processes
• Future trends in protected areas and conservation efforts
• Urbanization and the loss of wilderness (plant restoration and rewilding)
Speaker 1: Dr. Andrés Moreira-Muñoz. Profesor Titular. Instituto de Geografía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Av. Brasil 2241, Valparaíso, Chile, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tentative title: Plant conservation in Chile, the role of protected areas
Speaker 2: Anthony G. Rebelo. mSouth African National Biodiversity Institute, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735, South Africa, T.Rebelo@sanbi.org.za
Tentative title: Urban plant conservation: the Cape Town example.
Speaker 3: Felipe Domínguez Lozano (Unidad de Botánica. Fac. Biología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, C/Alfredo Novais 12, 28040 Madrid, Spain, email@example.com
Tentative title: Rarity and plant conservation, examples for the Western Mediterranean Basin
Topics (Up to three): Conservation Biology
Topic 2: Restoration Ecology
Topic 3: Bioinformatics
Justification: 1. Plant conservation biology embraces some of the most relevant subjects of this international congress. Red listing involves rarity concept, bioinformatic, and biogeography in first place but further threatening process analysis considers modeling tools of very much appeal for attendees.
2. The congress is taking place in one of the MTE zone: Spain, and attendees will have a chance to experience real cases when they travel on the several excursion field trips proposed in the congress.
3. IBC Madrid may serve as a starting point to launch a major global effort to monitor plant fate across the Globe using MTE as a model system.