Criteria for Participating Institutions in CPC
A CPC Participating Institution is any organization that has committed by mutual agreement to support the National Collection of Endangered Plants through science-based conservation, research that directly supports the vision and mission of CPC and its conservation partners, or supports CPC’s vision and mission through a corporate partnership and shared vision. CPC Participating Institutions cooperatively work to promote ex situ conservation of plants, advocate for living collections as safeguards in preserving plant species, and communicate the scientific understanding of plants and their vital role in global health.
In return, CPC is committed to supporting its Participating Institutions – collectively known as the “CPC Network” or “Network” – by providing technical and scientific expertise both directly and through other CPC Participating Institutions, by advocating for the National Collection and the organizations dedicated to the conservation of plants in the National Collection, and through securing and distributing direct funding to support conservation efforts when possible. CPC also works extensively to assist organizations aspiring to become CPC Participating Institutions and works with these institutions and their staff to build capacity enabling them to achieve sustained conservation outcomes.
Institutions, upon acceptance into the CPC Network, are assigned to one of four partner categories of Participating Institutions:
Conservation Partners must use quality, science-based principles and recognized best conservation practices in their rare plant work including those specified in the CPC Guidelines for Participating Institutions.
Provisional Conservation Partner
Provisional Conservation Partners are organizations aspiring to be full Conservation Partners in CPC but are either new to ex situ conservation or are in process to develop capacity to conduct ex situ conservation according to CPC guidelines. Provisional membership is offered for a period of three years. CPC and its partners will work with Provisional Conservation Partner members through a customized training and capacity building process designed to elevate conservation initiatives at the provisional institution. The end goal is for provisional members to achieve full Conservation Partner membership at the end of the three year provisional period.
The funding structure, as well as review and training procedures, to support Provisional member organizations are under development.
For additional information, please contact CPC