Kew's projects in Southern Africa
Kew has worked in Southern Africa for many years, and we have built a network of successful partnerships and projects in this region. By recording the variety of plant life in Southern Africa we identify threatened species and regions and help save plant life and habitats under threat.
10 Aug 2009
Michiel van Slageren and Vicky Whaley on expedition in Namibia (Image: Andrew McRobb, RBG Kew)
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership in Southern Africa
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership is helping to save seeds in Botswana, Namibia and the Republic of South Africa. The aim of this work is to work together to conserve the dryland flora of the world and help save the precious plant resources of native plants.
Our work in the Republic of South Africa involves supporting the collection and storage of seeds in the region and at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, located at Wakehurst Place, West Sussex. Our aim is continue research and improve seed propagation and the reintroduction of plants at risk into the most appropriate habitats.
Kew's Millennium Seed Bank Partnership in Botswana, Namibia and the Republic of South Africa
Saving plant life through DNA banking
Working with our partners in Southern Africa, Kew is helping to create an invaluable archive of plant genetic information, holding over 2,200 DNA samples from all South African genera.
This project will help Kew identify plant life and habitats at risk. These areas will then become a priority for plant conservation through Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership.
Plants for food, medicine and craft
Kew is working near Grahamstown, South Africa to promote the sustainable use of plants for food, medicine and craft. This area has been selected as it has the highest level of vulnerability to HIV with an estimated 1 in 3 people HIV positive.
In this area about 80% of the black South African population rely on traditional medicines. Because of the increase of HIV in this area combined with a dramatic increase in population the demand for traditional medicines is high. Through our work, we are helping to introduce a sustainable supply of plants for medicine and food. Find out more about Kew's work near Grahamstown.
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Discover Kew's work across Africa...
Scientific Research & Data
- DNA Banking, Phylogeny and Conservation of the South African Flora
- Collecting and Conserving Threatened and Useful Wild Species from Botswana and Building Seed Conservation Capacity
- Millennium Seed Bank Project in Namibia
- Millennium Seed Bank Project in South Africa
- An Ex-Situ Conservation Strategy to Facilitate Rehabilitation of Vulnerable Taxa within the Richards Bay Mining Concession
- Africulture Centre
- Assessment and Management of Red List and Endemic Plant Species, Namibia
- Salsola nollothensis - Habitat Restoration in the Sperrgebiet on the Namibian Coast
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