Thursday, September 13, 2012

Stewart McPherson is the first recipient of the David Given Award for Excellence in Plant Conservation.

Nepenthes attenboroughii
 a rat-eating carnivorous pitcher plant

Stewart McPherson in the Guiana Highlands
The David Given Award of Excellence in Plant Conservation is a new award from the IUCN SSC (IUCN Species Survival Commission) and it is aimed at encouraging efforts on plant conservation. The name of the first recipient of this award is Stewart McPherson. Stewart McPherson is a member of the IUCN SSC Carnivorous Plant Specialist Group, travelling extensively to document rare and endangered carnivorous plants. His work branches to both in situ and ex situ plant conservation and the discovery of new carnivorous plant species, such as the Nepenthes attenboroughii, named in honour of Sir. David Attenborough, the latest recipient of the prestigious IUCN John C. Phillips Award, and one of the recently announced 100 most endangered species in the world. He also established Ark of Life, a remarkable ex situ conservation program focused on the most endangered species of carnivorous plants.

read more: IUCN 

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