Eschweilera flowers (Credit: William Milliken)

State of the World's Plants

The State of the World's Plants provides an annual, cutting-edge horizon scan of global plant status.

Project information

Output Leader: James Wearn

Funded by: Sfumato Foundation 


State of the World's Plants Report

Kew’s State of the World’s Plants report provides, for the first time, a baseline assessment of our current knowledge of the diversity of plants on earth, the global threats that plants face, and the policies dealing with them. Launched in conjunction with a new website and an international scientific symposium, Kew’s State of the World’s Plants sets an important standard from which we can annually track trends in global plant status.

State of the World’s Plants website

State of the World’s Plants Report 2016 (pdf)

State of the World’s Plants Symposium

The first international State of the World’s Plants symposium was held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in May 2016.

Scientists and policymakers will gather at Kew on 25–26 May 2017 for the 2nd international State of the World's Plants Symposium.The two-day symposium offers a platform to discuss issues raised in the report and to engage the scientific community, policymakers and public alike. Join us as we take stock of the world’s plant diversity and current research and trends.

To catch up on last year's State of the World's Plants Symposium you can:

Find out more about the 2017 State of the World's Plants Symposium