The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership - where we work
Browse our partner countries and find out more about the global partners who are working with us.
Armenia lies at the junction of two different floristic provinces that support an extremely rich flora. There are some 4,000 species of higher plants growing in Armenia (almost half of the whole Caucasian flora).
Twenty-three per cent of Australian floral species are listed as under threat of extinction.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank is working with partners in Botswana to help safeguard wild plant species. Climate change and human activities are contributing factors that are threatening plant life. By sharing knowledge, developing local facilities and increasing conservation skills we can help reach our goal of saving Botswana’s wild plants.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership in Bulgaria is working against the clock to safeguard valuable plant species that are at risk from habitat loss and over exploitation.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership is working in Burkina Faso to help safeguard wild plant species. Combined efforts will make direct contributions to national and global conservation programs, the results of which include helping to maintain the wellbeing of local populations.
Seed banks provide an insurance policy against the loss of plants in the wild and provide options for their future use. This is good news for our conservation efforts in Chile where several plant species found nowhere else are being driven to the brink of extinction.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank and partners in China are working together to conserve flora in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership seeks to safeguard the world’s wild plant species. To optimise conservation efforts, networks and collaborations have been established and Kew is working hard to maintain conservation efforts closer to home as well as worldwide.
In a country like Georgia with its rich, unique and diverse flora, seed collection and storage will help in our quest to save plant diversity. Increasing threats to plants come from changes in land use, climate and a burgeoning human population.
Threats to plant survival in Jordan include drought, agriculture, and the rapid increase of the population. The partnership is working hard to protect the spectacular and wide range of plant species which human populations depend on.
One objective of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership is to collect seeds from dryland areas common in African countries like Kenya. Human populations depend on plants in these dry regions, which is a major factor in why we are striving to save them. Conserved seeds can be germinated and reintroduced in the wild when and where they are most needed.
Over-exploitation and habitat loss are just two of the factors putting plant species at risk in Kyrgyzstan. Our aim in collecting and storing the seeds of threatened plants is to provide an insurance policy against their extinction in the wild.
Population pressure, urbanisation and the aftermath of the civil war are the main threats to biodiversity in Lebanon. Collecting and storing seeds of plant species that are at risk provides insurance against the loss of these endangered plants in the wild.
Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island but seems to have a whole continent's worth of plant diversity on it. However, habitat loss and overexploitation are posing serious threats to this unique island. Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership is saving seeds for both future security and also for immediate land rehabilitation.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership is carrying out conservation work in Malawi to save threatened plant life. Collecting and storing seeds in Malawi will help to prevent plant loss in the wild and secure plant diversity for the future.
In many African countries such as Mali, plants play a vital role in helping human populations survive. Drought and overexploitation often lead to a shortage of plants that are most useful to man. By identifying and conserving seeds from such plants we can ensure against their loss in the wild and restore the dwindling habitats.
Seed banks provide an insurance policy against the extinction of species in the wild and provide options for their future use. This is good news for our conservation efforts in Mauritius where in some cases only handfuls of individual plants exist.
Vital work is being carried out by Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership to halt the loss of plants in some of the most precious drylands of Mexico. These regions suffer from an extreme lack of water and are threatened by changes in both climate and land usage.
Mozambique encompasses a wide range of habitats from dunes and mangroves at the coast to the miombo woodlands and montane massifs of the African plateau. It is one of the most botanically rich countries in the region with nearly 6,000 species currently recorded
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership is carrying out vital work in Namibia to save plant life under threat and habitats at risk. Namibia has an extremely dry climate which poses a challenge to plant survival. Collecting and storing seeds in Namibia will help to prevent plant loss in the wild and secure plant diversity for the future.
New Zealand has been internationally recognised as a 'Biodiversity hotspot' and seed banking in New Zealand contributes to plant conservation on a global scale.
Republic of South Africa
Plant species around the world are becoming extinct more than ever before and at an increasing rate. Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership in South Africa is working to safeguard valuable plant species that are at risk. The seeds being collected will provide an insurance against losing precious species in the wild.
Although a relatively small country, Slovakia possesses a surprising richness in biodiversity. Biodiversity is the diversity of life on Earth, including every plant, animal and micro-organism. Kew's Millennium Seed Bank partnership with Slovakia is helping to conserve threatened species across three bio-geographic regions.
Spain is one of several European and Mediterranean countries with outstanding plant diversity. In Spain there are several seed banks focusing on native flora. Most of these seed banks belong to a national network (REDBAG), and some are partners of the Millennium Seed Bank.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership is carrying out vital work in Tanzania to save plant life primarily threatened by human populations. Collecting and storing seeds in Tanzania and will help to secure plant diversity for the future.
Home to Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, efforts to secure the safe storage of 25% of the world’s plants by 2020 all began here in the UK.
UK Overseas Territories
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank holds collections of threatened and endemic plants from several UK Overseas Territories.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank is working in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management on the ‘Seeds of Success’ project.
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10 Feb 2014
Elinor Breman, Species Collections Support Officer at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB), reports on a training workshop in Vietnam that brought partners from across Asia together to learn about collecting, handling and banking the seeds of their crop wild relatives.
25 Jan 2013
He may be a Seed Morphologist but Wolfgang Stuppy of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank discovers there is more to the snake gourd than just some strange fruit and eccentric seeds.