Plant Diversity ›› 2017, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (06): 383-389.DOI: 10.1016/j.pld.2017.10.002

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Plant micro-reserves in Valencia (E. Spain): A model to preserve threatened flora in China?

Simón Fosa,b, Emilio Lagunab,c, Juan Jiménezb, Miguel Ángel Gómez-Serranoa,b   

  1. a VAERSA-Generalitat Valenciana, Avda. Corts Valencianes, 20, 46015, Valencia, Spain;
    b Servicio de Vida Silvestre, Generalitat Valenciana, C./Castán Tobeñas, 77, 46018, Valencia, Spain;
    c Centro para la Experimentación e Investigación Forestal (CIEF), Generalitat Valenciana, Avda. Comarques del País Valencia, 114, 46930, Quart de Poblet, Valencia, Spain
  • Received:2017-06-01 Revised:2017-10-11 Online:2017-12-25 Published:2021-11-05
  • Contact: Simón Fos

Abstract: The Valencian Community (eastern Spain) was the pioneer territory establishing plant micro-reserves (PMRs). Its model to protect small sites for endemic and endangered plants has been exported to several countries around the globe. This paper highlights 1) the role of PMRs to complement the protection provided by large protected areas, 2) how the establishment of PMRs fosters the increase of floristic knowledge, and 3) the fact that continuous monitoring of PMRs also yields new records of endangered species found within the same PMRs. The flexibility of the PMR approach -it can be adapted to other national and regional legislationsallows its transfer to other rich-biodiversity regions and countries such as China.

Key words: Plant micro-reserves, in situ conservation, Threatened species, Endemic plants, Protected areas