1st Announcement - 3rd Mediterranean Plant Conservation Week

21 April 2020

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POSTPONED to a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Organising Committee will continue to monitor closely this evolving situation and keep you informed about the new dates with due notice.

POSTPONED! save the new dates! Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in order to enable the participation of as many people as possible, the organizing committee has decided to postpone the 3rd Mediterranean Plant Conservation Week in Chania to 15-19 March 2021 from the original dates of 28 September – 2 October 2020.


We are happy to announce the 3rd Mediterranean Plant Conservation Week (3MPCW), entitled ‘Plant Conservation Strategies: from Science to Practice’, which will be held from 29 September to 2 October 2020 15 to 19 March 2021 at the International Conference Centre of CIHEAM Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh), Crete, Greece ( The conference is aimed at researchers and young scientists engaged in plant conservation in the Mediterranean type ecosystems.

The main theme of the 3MPCW will be training and experience sharing in the field of Mediterranean plant conservation. The objective is that participants learn about current techniques in different fields of plant conservation and create partnerships that will help them to carry out their own projects. The main Thematic Areas are: 1) Taxonomy, inventories, Conservation Status assessment 2) Conservation planning and ex situ / in situ techniques 3) Networking, learning and communication. For each of the above Thematic Areas there will be two to three invited speakers.

The names of the keynote speakers, details about the programme and the important dates for the submission of abstracts and registration dates will be announced very soon on the website of the Mediterranean Plant Conservation Week ( and via e-mail by the organizing committee.

CIHEAM Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (CIHEAM-MAICh)
Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)
IUCN/SSC Mediterranean Plant Specialist Group (MSPG)
Network of Mediterranean Plant Conservation Centres (GENMEDA)

With the kind support of the MAVA Foundation and Green Fund Funding Programme "ENVIRONMENTAL BALANCE ACTIONS 2020", AXIS: Other Environmental Balance Actions (Greece): 


The CARE-MEDIFLORA project and the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation were the main organisers of the 2nd Mediterranean Plant Conservation Week (2MPCW). The MAVA Foundation continues to support this after CARE-MEDIFLORA event.

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Mediterranean Plant Specialist Group (IUCN/SSC) Sóller Botanical Garden Foundation, Balearic Islands Office of the Environment of Corsica - National Botanical Academy of Corsica Hortus Botanicus Karalitanus, Sardinia University of Catania, Sicily Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete Agricultural Research Institute, Cyprus Department of Forests, Cyprus