St. Louis Declaration on Invasive Plant Species, December 2001

PROCEEDINGS OF THE WORKSHOP AT THE MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, 1-4 December 2001

Executive Summary

In December 2001, experts from across the globe met in St. Louis, Missouri to explore and develop workable voluntary approaches for reducing the introduction and spread of non-native
invasive plants, which are serious threats to protecting biodiversity and ecosystems in the United
States and other countries. The Workshop on Linking Ecology and Horticulture to Prevent Plant
Invasions (the Workshop) was convened by the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Royal Botanic
Gardens, Kew. It brought together for the first time some of the most respected leaders in their
fields (See Appendix F for a list of participants). Extensive preparation for the Workshop began
in early 2001, with leaders among a variety of groups recognizing the need for a more
collaborative response to the growing problem of plant invasions. These leaders took the initiative
to gather and establish a comprehensive and manageable workshop agenda; one that could attract
broad participation.

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