Talks at Kew: Rescue MissionThu 27 January 2011, 7pm
Oliver Whaley talks about Kew's work to help save Peru's ancient huarango forests.
Oliver Whaley in Peru (Image: RBGKew)
The ancient huarango forests in Peru’s southern desert have undergone centuries of deforestation and today little is left, but they are still a vital fuel and food resource to thousands of people. There is cause for hope, however, as Kew has been working with local communities to help restore and protect these vital habitats.
Thousands of the most resistant huarango varieties have been planted along with tough, soil restoring local tree species and ancient domesticated fruit trees. Using these species the Kew project has rolled out a programme of school and community planting and restoration trials. Dedicated and enthusiastic local people have been encouraged to take ownership of the project through both the annual Huarango Festival and an education programme.
- Date: Thursday 27 January 2011, 7.00pm
- Tutors: Oliver Whaley
- Venue: Kew, Jodrell Lecture Theatre, accessed via Jodrell Gate on Kew Road.
- Ticket price: £5 (£4 Premier Friends). Tickets can be purchased in advance or will be available to buy at the door on the day from 6.30pm (unless sold out).
- Booking Details : click here for booking details
This lecture has been generously supported by the Dr. H. Shawdon Charitable Trust.
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