The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, an IUCN Member, have launched the UKOTs Online Herbarium. It is a species and specimens database containing plant diversity information for all UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) and geographically related islands.
This virtual herbarium provides easy access to specimen level data that can be viewed and queried as well as links to botanical resources including species checklists. The database currently holds over 17,000 specimen records and 10,000 species names.
Funded by the UK Overseas Territories Environment Programme (OTEP), the UKOTs Online Herbarium has been developed to help UKOT Governments meet Targets 1 and 2 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC).
GSPC recognizes the pressing need to understand and document plant diversity around the world to provide a firm foundation for its effective conservation. GSPC Target 1 is the production of a widely accessible working list of known plant species, with Target 2 being a preliminary assessment of the conservation status of all known plant species.
Read more about the UKOTs Online Herbarium project on the website of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.