Biodiversity and conservation at Kew
Kew works with different partners around the world to understand and conserve plant diversity. Our scientific research, collections and international partnerships mean we have much to contribute in dealing with the environmental challenges of our times, including widespread biodiversity loss.
Celebrating the United Nations International Day of Biological Diversity
The theme of this year’s United Nations International Day of Biological Diversity (22 May 2013) is water. Biological diversity, or biodiversity for short, is the word used to describe the variety and variability of living things on Earth. The biodiversity of the planet is made up of all the living organisms you can think of, from the smallest bacteria to the giant redwood tree, and includes humans too!
Water is important to us because it's vital to life. In turn biodiversity cleans, cycles and regulates the world’s water.
Kew’s projects around the world aim to understand and conserve valuable plant diversity and to safeguard the vital services, such as the availability of clean water, provided by natural vegetation. Find out how Kew's work with plants is helping to regulate our climate, provide natural filtration systems, and stabilise the soil and water table. About Kew's work with water and biodiversity.
Join Kew's Breathing Planet Campaign
Kew is one of the world's leading plant and fungal science and conservation organisations. Through our work we aim to find plant-based solutions to global challenges such as biodiversity loss, food and water security, poverty, disease and changing climate.
From banking and sharing the world's seeds, to conserving and restoring habitats, and unlocking the power of plants for people, our Breathing Planet Campaign is an ambitious effort to raise £100million to help build a more resilient planet.
One in five plant species is under threat
The IUCN Red List Index is our ‘Barometer of Life’: it captures the status of life on earth at a particular moment. It can also tell us how this status is changing over time – whether things are improving or getting worse. From the results of the IUCN Sampled Red List Index for Plants (SRLI) in 2010, we found out for the first time which plants are threatened, where and why.
Use our interactive map to discover more about our findings and explore the state of plant life around the world. Delve deeper into the data with our interactive charts and find out which plant group is the most endangered, which habitats host the highest proportion of plants at risk and what factor poses the biggest threat to plant life today.
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