Conserving and restoring habitats
Kew is a leader in plant conservation and the new science of restoration ecology. Our scientists have long been active in conserving what remains of the planet’s intact habitats, sharing knowledge and expertise with those working locally. Today they are going one step further by helping to restore damaged and ruined habitats throughout the world.
Since 2000, at least 50 Kew projects have helped to renew damaged or destroyed ecosystems in the UK and the developing world. With every replanting, we reinforce the genetic diversity that is the key to resilience. In many cases, we are helping humans to adapt to a changing climate or securing the ‘services’ ecosystems provide such as clean water and air, and resources for local livelihoods. It is not always a case of replanting species that have died out, however. Sometimes entirely new plants can be used to decontaminate polluted areas or desalinate farmland.
Restoration ecology, led by Professor Bruce Pavlik at Kew, is also about pragmatism combined with hope. Some of our work in this field is on a commercial basis – with mining companies and land managers who share our commitment to restoring nature’s balance. However, most of the underlying science and much of our urgent conservation work depends on philanthropy.
You can take action with us by supporting on-the-ground conservation or restoration projects in a specific region or by investing in the core scientific research at Kew.
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Stories of the Breathing Planet
Kew is helping regenerate the huarango tree in Peru - restoring the old ecosystems and microclimates at the same time.
A team supported by Kew collected seeds used to restore the 'shining nematolepis' that would have otherwise become extinct.