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:
- 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;
- to increase access to our collections and data for Tropical American and international researchers;
- to develop knowledge of taxonomy, phylogeny and conservation status of specific plant families in the region; and
- 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.