IUCN-Med will be participating to the XV OPTIMA (Organization for the Phyto Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area) meeting, held in Montpellier (France) from June 6-11 2016 and organized by Tela Botanica, the Conservatoire Botanique National Méditerranéen de Porquerolles and the University of Montpellier.
The OPTIMA meeting is held every three years and consists in 17 symposia of 5 lectures on Taxonomy, systematics, flora, biogeography, conservation, data collection of plants from all the Mediterranean area; Poster presentations; One day excursion; and Congress Dinner for researchers, teachers, students, PhDs, managers, experts and botanists.
During this meeting, IUCN-Med will hold a side-event called: 'Round trip from Red List data to in situ conservation of Important Plant Areas' which will provide an overview of the IUCN Red List of threatened plant species of the Mediterranean region and how it has been used in the IPA Med project 'Conserving wild plants and habitats for people in the South and East'.
This side-event will be held on Wednesday June 8th 2016, from 18:00 to 20:00 and is open to all interested people.
OPTIMA (Organization for the Phyto Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area) is an international association created in 1974 by botanists interested in the Mediterranean area. OPTIMA encompasses botany in its widest sense and deals with all groups of plants and all disciplines which have an impact on systematic studies.