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Breathing Planet Programme Strategy 5 - Save seed and prosper

Saving seeds at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, a collaboration between Kew and 120 partners in 54 countries, has two key roles – safeguarding plant diversity by storing seed from wild species and making seed available for sustainable use in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and habitatrestoration.

By 2020 we will have banked seed from 25 per cent of the world’s plants, targeting species and regions most at risk from climate change such as alpine endemics, coastal species and those endemic to desertifying lands.