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Tropical America

Supporting in situ and ex situ conservation in Latin America through a multi-disciplinary programme of applied scientific research, collaboration, training and resource development

The biodiversity of the Neotropics (Tropical America) is of immense significance in global terms. The estimated 80-90,000 species of flowering plants in this region represent some 30 percent of the world’s known genera and species. These occur in a very diverse range of habitats, from deserts and savannas to tropical forests.

Kew’s primary objectives in Tropical America Drylands are:

  1. to make significant contributions to in situ and ex situ conservation, ecological restoration and sustainable use of threatened biomes and species through applied, targeted research and capacity building;
  2. to increase access to our collections and data for Tropical American and international researchers;
  3. to develop knowledge of taxonomy, phylogeny and conservation status of specific plant families in the region; and
  4. to disseminate information generated by these activities to a range of audiences in accessible formats.

Our work is achieved through a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach, drawing on the combined expertise and experience of a cross-departmental team (including the Herbarium, Jodrell Laboratory, Seed Conservation and Horticulture & Public Education Departments) and our in-country partners, and building on the strengths of our collections and curatorial resources.

Current areas of operation include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama and Peru.