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Kew's projects in Brazil

Kew's work in Brazil is helping to understand and protect the diversity of plant life in the region and assist communities to use native plants sustainably.

Expedition team surveying vegetation at the Cristalino State Park (Image: William Milliken, RBG Kew).

Kew’s conservation projects, such as Programa Flora Cristalino at the southern limit of the Amazon Forest, in the state of Mato Grosso, and the Toucan Cipó Project in the eastern Brazilian highlands (known as ‘campos rupestres’), have a common objective of promoting conservation through local capacity building in vegetation survey and floristic inventories.

Continued work in Northeastern Brazil through the Plantas do Nordeste programme has led to collaboration in a project studying sustainable use of fuelwood in the caatinga vegetation.

In Eastern Brazil, Kew has been collaborating with plant research on the legume family (Leguminosae), coffee family (Rubiaceae), daisy family (Asteraceae/Compositae), eucalyptus family (Myrtaceae), cactus family (Cactaceae) and others, producing numerous articles and taxonomic revisions. 

Kew is also providing specialist support for major Brazilian initiatives documenting the country's rich flora and highlight conservation priorities, including the Checklist of the Brazilian Flora.

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