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.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank holds collections of threatened and endemic plants from several other UK Overseas Territories.
Plant species are becoming extinct more than ever before and at an increasing rate. A real threat to plant life is habitat loss, often due to human activities, which is a problem on the Turks and Caicos Islands. In order to protect plants we need to collect and store seeds. These seeds can be germinated and planted in the wild when and where they are most needed.
Kew's Millennium Seed Bank collection contains 26 seeds from precious and vulnerable plant species found in Montserrat. We now have the option to grow these seeds into plants and reintroduce them in the wild.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership is participating in vital conservation work in the Falkland Islands. Plants are under threat from invasive species and land-use. By collecting and storing seeds we can safeguard endangered plant species for future generations.
By collecting seeds from plants on Ascension Island and preserving them at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, we are providing an insurance against their loss in the wild. Seeds can be grown into plants and re-introduced in their native habitats.
Building on a long association with Kew stretching back to the 19th century, Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership is working to establish the Tasmanian Conservation Centre. The seeds collected and stored will help safeguard Tasmania’s threatened flora.
The SACRED Seeds project is a collaboration between the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide Seed Conservation Centre and Kew's Millennium Seed Bank partnership. Over half of South Australia's rare and endangered flora is now secure in duplicated collections in long term seed storage facilities in Adelaide and at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank. These collections are helping plant species to recover in their natural habitats.
Seed banks provide an insurance policy against the extinction of plants in the wild and options for their future use. This is good news for our conservation efforts in the Northern Territory of Australia, one of the seven Australian States and Territories in which we work.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership, through the Australian Seed Bank Partnership (ASBP) and the Sydney Botanic Gardens is providing insurance against the loss of rare plant species in the New South Wales region.
Western Australia's diverse and spectacular flora makes it one of the premier floristic regions on the planet. Unfortunately, this species richness is matched by a host of threatening processes that have put a very high number of these species under threat of extinction. Kew's Millennium Seed Bank partnership in Western Australia has developed a major resource to address threats and support the re-establishment of species and plant ecosystems throughout the State.
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