Biodiversity & Conservation

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 51–61 | Cite as

Plant reintroduction: an overview

  • Michael Maunder


The reintroduction of plants will become an increasingly utilized strategy in plant conservation and protected area management. Reintroduction is the deliberate establishment of individuals of a species into an area and/or habitat where it has become extirpated with the specific aim of establishing a viable self-sustaining population for conservation purposes. Plant reintroduction can involve the establishment of an extirpated species into a relatively intact habitat or it can be part of the restoration of a degraded habitat. This will be performed as species become extinct for a number of reasons, such as collecting, introduced herbivores or pathogens and potentially climate change. Although plant reintroductions have the potential to play an important role in species' conservation the long term viability of many reintroductions has yet to be assessed. For the technique to reach it's full potential it requires greater integration with habitat management, restoration and increased international coordination between both theex situ andin situ agencies. In addition the value of introducing stocks of endangered species lacking viable sites for reintroduction to non native sites is discussed.


plant conservation reintroduction introduction restoration botanic gardens integrated conservation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Maunder
    • 1
  1. 1.Species Survival Commission, Reintroductions Specialist Group (Plants Section)Royal Botanic GardensRichmondUK

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