On 5 September 2014, the Director of Science, Professor Kathy Willis, signed a five-year extension of the Memorandum of Collaboration agreed with Cameroon. It was witnessed by the Head of Biodiversity Programmes of the Ministry of Science and Scientific Innovation (MINRESI) and Head of the Institute of Agronomic Research & Development-National Herbarium of Cameroon (IRAD-HNC), Dr Jean-Michel Onana.
It is hoped that this document will facilitate the initiation of new joint research projects between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and MINRESI, for example in the areas of Natural Capital and Comparative Biology, in addition to those areas that have been the mainstay of the relationship to date, namely botanical surveys for conservation management, and taxonomic research on the Flora of Cameroon. Cameroon is currently the powerhouse of plant taxonomic research in Tropical Africa, given the number of its researchers and the quantity and quality of their publications.
Several studies have shown that within Tropical Africa it is the evergreen forests of Cameroon that have the highest number of vascular plant species per degree square.