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RBG Kew launches 10-year strategy to end extinction crisis

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew today releases ‘Our Manifesto for Change 2021-2030’. It’s a new strategy mapping out its mission and areas of focus for the next decade.

The world leading plant science institute pledges to double efforts to understand and protect plants and fungi. This is for the well-being of people and the future of all life on Earth.
 
The institution’s ultimate goal is step up to help to end the extinction crisis. It wants to contribute to creating a world where nature is protected, valued by all and managed sustainably.
 
In the wake of a global pandemic, and with the future of the planet in peril, the strategy represents a public commitment by RBG Kew to do everything in its power to reverse the environmental devastation of biodiversity loss and climate change.
 
To deliver this mission, Our manifesto for change 2021-2030 centres around five key priorities for the coming decade.
 

These commitments are based on how RBG Kew believes it can best deploy its expertise and other assets.

 
  • Delivering science-based knowledge and solutions to protect biodiversity and use natural resources sustainably
RBG Kew scientists will identify and strive to protect species of plants and fungi globally. They will also reveal those that could be new sources of food, medicine, fuel or materials.
 
  • Inspiring people to protect the natural world
RBG Kew will promote and provide access to knowledge, ideas and beautiful gardens. These will motivate individuals to be advocates for nature.
 
  • Training the next generation of experts
The world needs brilliant scientists and horticulturists. RBG Kew commits to training students from the UK and around the world.
 
  • Extending our reach
RBG Kew is a public body and charity with global collections and influence. It must be for everyone, disseminating its knowledge and collections for global benefit.
 
  • Influencing national and international opinion and policy
RBG Kew will speak with confidence and prominence to advocate policies aligned with its mission. It will be an exemplar of environmental responsibility in all that it does. This includes exceeding net-zero carbon emissions to become climate positive by 2030.
 
Director of RBG Kew, Richard Deverell, said:
 
“All life depends on plants and fungi, but natural resources are being degraded and destroyed at a rate unprecedented in human history.
 
“We stand at a crossroads. The next decade will be critical if we are to reverse this environmental devastation.
 
“RBG Kew is placed as a globally revered plant science institute to lead efforts in creating a world where nature is protected, for the benefit of humanity and our planet.
 
“As Our Manifesto for change demonstrates, we will no longer be silent.
 
“Drawing on our leading scientific research, unrivalled collections of plants and fungi, global network of partners, and our gardens at Kew and Wakehurst, as well as 260 years of history, we will seek to shape policy and practice in both the public and private sectors and lead by example as an advocate for environmental sustainability”.
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