Combining the in situ (on-site, in-country) protection of biodiversity with its sustainable use.
Good ecosystem stewardship generates knowledge and practices that sustain, promote and restore natural and cultural capital.
Kew’s unique contribution in this area includes the collection and analysis of plant and fungal diversity data (from genes and species through to whole ecosystems), enhanced by insights into evolutionary processes, ecological interactions (including pollination systems and mycorrhizal fungi), diverse and sustainable agriculture and agroforestry, ecological restoration and ecosystem health and productivity.
- Ecosystem Assessment: developing an ecosystem assessment pipeline (a data-driven and reproducible analytical process) to objectively assess and monitor ecosystems. This will involve the integration of multiple approaches and datasets, including artificial intelligence (AI), genomics, ecology, remote sensing and spatial analyses.
- Nature-based Solutions: working with and enhance nature to address environmental and societal challenges (such as climate change, poverty, food security, health, and biodiversity loss) for the benefit of both society and nature.
- Biodiversity Metrics: mainstreaming plants and fungi in global biodiversity and natural capital metrics, promoting their inclusion in nationally and internationally agreed indicators and targets, and evaluating their congruence with metrics used for other major groups of organisms.
Conservation Assessment and Analysis
Providing evidence to enable monitoring, conservation and evaluation of the status of the world’s plants.
Spatial Analysis and Data Science
Advancing plant and landscape spatial science, exploration and discovery.
Sustainable Use, Seeds and Solutions
Researching plant and fungal diversity to identify, conserve and restore priority indigenous plants and their uses for humanity.
UK Overseas Territories and Islands
Working with partners to conserve and make informed decisions on managing their unique biodiversity.
Conservation Genetics and Molecular Ecology
Using modern genetic techniques to inform conservation decisions and to clarify relationships within and between species.
Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre Protected Areas
Conserving biodiversity in the Itremo Protected Area for benefit of local people.
Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre Livelihoods
Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre Livelihoods team.
Spatial Phylogenetics team.