Vonona Randrianasolo

KMCC MSB Project leader

Vonona Randrianasolo crouching down and surrounded by green vegetation

Enhanced Partnerships


Millennium Seed Bank Partnership


Taxonomy, Malagasy plant diversity, in-situ and ex-situ conservation, seed collecting, IUCN Red List assessments

I coordinate the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) with Silo National des Graines Forestières (SNGF) in Madagascar.

Our aim is to identify and conserve the most threatened plant species of Madagascar through the MSBP, and the current focus is threatened endemic tree species with funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

We are guided by Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation under the Convention on Biological Diversity: At least 75 per cent of threatened plant species in ex situ collections, preferably in the country of origin, and at least 20 per cent available for recovery and restoration programmes.

We aim to support in-situ biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration, sustainable landscape management and biodiversity research across all of Madagascar’s biomes and to avoid extinctions through ex-situ conservation. We are developing innovative methods to assess extinction risk, gather data, identify species and collect seeds through a network of communities and local NGOs.

  • BSc Natural Sciences, University of Antananarivo
  • MRes Botany, University of Antananarivo
  • Kew Tropical Plant Identification Course
  • Kew Seed Conservation Techniques Course

Beech, E., Rivers, M., Rabarimanarivo, M., Ravololomanana, N., Manjato, N., Lantoarisoa, F., Andriambololonera, S., Randrianasolo, V., et al. (2021)

The Red List of Trees of Madagascar.

Botanic Gardens Conservation International. Descanso House, 199 Kew Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3BW, UK.: Botanic Gardens Conservation International.