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Kew's Millenium seed bank achieves 10% target


By Arlene


I received a letter today in the post about the Millenium seed bank at Wakehurst Place because I donate a monthly amount.
They have reached their target of banking 10% of the world plants ~ unfortunately that means 9O% have not yet been saved and their next big push needs more public support than ever considering our ever increasing need for food~ if anyone thinks they can help go to their website even small monthly donations help if lots of people do it!
~ but just to give you some info:-

The next big challenge for Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership!

The next phase of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership will run from 2010 to 2020.

Our focus is on issues which threaten human wellbeing, including food security, sustainable energy, loss of biodiversity and climate change. We will achieve this by safeguarding wild plant diversity and enabling its use.

Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership will continue to focus on those parts of the world which are home to some of the world’s poorest people, and where plant diversity is tightly bound to people’s livelihoods. The target of our collection programme is to conserve a further 25% of the world’s plant species by 2020.

How are we going to do it?

We will work with mega-diverse countries such as Madagascar, the Republic of South Africa, Mexico and China. Our seed collection projects will prioritise plant species from alpine, dryland, coastal and island ecosystems, which research shows, are most vulnerable to climate change.

The cost of this next phase is estimated to be £140 million over 10 years, of which we have already raised £40 million.

Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership is now working hard to raise the extra funds needed to support this vital global conservation work. We need your help to reach our target of £10 million a year, over the next ten years. It costs around £2,000 to save a plant species for the future in the Millennium Seed Bank.
How you can help

You can help secure the future of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership by getting involved with our Adopt a Seed, Save a Species campaign.

For £25 you can adopt a seed or get together with friends, classmates and work colleagues to raise £2,000 to save an entire plant species of your own. By getting involved, you can help save plant life worldwide and safeguard the potential they hold for our future.

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Well done Arlene, on keeping us all up-to-date...
Thank you...:o)

12 Nov, 2009


Thank you Arlene. I think it's important to save as many species as possible. We depend more than we think on our wild flora. Kew are doing a great job but need all the help they can get.

12 Nov, 2009


Great news we haven't received our letter yet but WOW!

12 Nov, 2009


~very good news!~ they do a wonderful job and fully deserve all our support!

12 Nov, 2009


having worked there for a week on a bursary i can certainly vouch for their dedication to saving the gene base of plants world wide.

12 Nov, 2009


Making progress, then! Good news. :-)))))

12 Nov, 2009

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