Conservation and climate change news
Plants have an essential role to play in mitigating the effects of climate change, because they take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Conversely, if forests are destroyed by burning, then carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere. Deforestation accounts for about one fifth of the world’s carbon emissions.
However, plants are threatened by environmental changes including climate change. Conserving plants is therefore critical to any sustainable solution to environmental change.
20 Sep 2009
Our projects in this region are helping to identify plant species at risk, and saving threatened and useful wild plants in Malawi.1 like
Kew's Millennium Seed Bank partnership has helped to bank over 70% of Victoria’s threatened plant species and germination protocols to enable future reintroduction and use have been established for around 75%.
18 Sep 2009
Helping to assess and conserve the country’s rich and amazing plant life, in partnership with local botanists, was the key aim of Kew’s latest expedition to Vietnam. Gail Vines reports on how the intrepid team fared.
18 Sep 2009
Among its many collections of plants, Kew holds nine particularly special ones registered as National Plant Collections. Richard Wilford finds out what this means and why they’re so important.4 likes
18 Sep 2009
Kew is helping to save plants and habitats in West Africa and empower local communities.6 likes
In Kenya, the Useful Plants Project aims to enhance the ex-situ conservation of plants that are beneficial to human wellbeing. Ex-situ conservation involves conserving seeds outside their native habitat and helps to protect plant life for our future.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership has built up a network of partners and research collaborators in many countries around the world. This network is helping to save plant life under threat for our future.
Scientists at Kew engage in a range of activities to enable seeds and plants to be stored for long periods of time for conservation purposes.
The ‘DIRECTS’ is a three year project aimed at enhancing the role and capacity of institutes in 16 sub-Saharan African countries in the conservation and sustainable use of native tree seeds of community value.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank holds collections of threatened and endemic plants from several other UK Overseas Territories.
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