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Millennium Seed Bank Project in Jordan

Ex situ conservation of the wild flora of Jordan has been carried out since 1996 with a total of 760 collections made in the review period 2006-11, representing 293 unique species, now conserved. Partners NCARE are currently developing a dry room with advice from the MSBP while a cold storage room is in operation.

Collecting Cynara sp. seeds in South Jordan

The collaboration with the National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE) was formalised in 2001, for a 10-year period. RBG Kew and NCARE agreed to work together with the purpose of complementing existing in situ conservation in Jordan by supporting the collection, study and ex situ conservation of wild species of the Jordanian flora. This purpose is met through the following objectives: the establishment of a verified and well-documented seed collection of wild plant species indigenous to Jordan, and by the establishment of a mutually beneficial conservation training, research and educational programme.

The Project Purpose will be addressed through the delivery of the following outputs:

  • Establishment of a secure, long-term seed collection of Jordanian endemic, threatened and otherwise significant plant species that is available and utilised for research and possible species recovery activities; this collection is complemented by herbarium vouchers of each seed collection and by relevant data, captured in an accessible database.
  • Increased knowledge and capacity to collect and conserve seed by staff of NCARE. This has been aided by the production in 2005 of a Collection Guide to rare and endangered species of Jordan by Kew’s GIS unit.
  • Bringing about an understanding within government and the broader community of the critical role of seed collections in an integrated approach to species and community conservation and restoration.

Publications since 2006

  • Jordan Collection Guide (2006). Prepared by the Species Targeting Team for the Millennium Seed Bank Project

Project partners and collaborators

Jordan

National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE)

Project funders

UK

Millennium Commission