Kew at COP15

Kew is committed to developing nature-based solutions to biodiversity loss and climate change

Large green Ebo forest from above

The UN Biodiversity Conference (Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)), due to be held in December 2022, is a key moment for nature.

The conference will finalise and secure an agreement on a critical new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for halting biodiversity loss and promoting sustainable development.

At Kew, our mission is to understand and protect plants and fungi for the wellbeing of people and the future of all life on Earth.

That’s why our scientists attended the pre-meetings in Nairobi in June 2022 and will be attending the CBD COP later in the year to ensure expert science underpins decision making.

Discover more about how we're tackling the biodiversity crisis below.

Woodland clearance in foothills of Ribaue Mountains in Mozambique. @RBG Kew/I.Darbyshire.

What is COP15 and why is it important?

Here's all you need to know about the upcoming COP15.

Deforested land with smoke and a small digger with a small area of green forest

Kew's Science Strategy

The Kew Science Strategy 2021 – 2025 outlines an ambitious plan to help stop biodiversity loss and discover sustainable nature-based solutions to some of the biggest global challenges.

Biodiversity and climate

  • Mount Jaya in Indonesian New Guinea

    Tropical Important Plant Areas (TIPAs)

    Identifying and mapping Tropical Important Plant Areas in critical sites for plant conservation across the tropics.

  • Small umbrella-like grey fungi Coprinellus disseminatus

    Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia

    Documenting and protecting knowledge on useful plants and fungi in Colombia.

  • Aerial view of forest.

    Nature Map Earth

    Developing an integrated global map of biodiversity, carbon storage, and other dimensions of nature.

  • People working among trees.

    Resilient climate-smart crops of the future

    Developing the resilient Ethiopian crop enset into a key resource for the future in both its home country and the rest of Africa.

  • Forest from above

    Ten Golden Rules for Reforestation

    How reforestation can tackle the climate and biodiversity crises.

  • Coffee farmers looking at coffee beans in Ethiopia

    How growing, and drinking, coffee can help protect forests

    Producing high quality specialty coffee to improve livelihoods and protect biodiversity.

Other resources

Cowell, C., Paton, A., Borrell, J. et al. (2021) Uses and benefits of digital sequence information from plant genetic resources: Lessons learnt from botanical collections. Plants, People, Planet 4: 33-43.

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema smiling and stood behind a lecturn

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema awarded Kew International Medal

The Executive Secretary of the Convention of Biological Diversity is recognised for decades of work protecting nature.