Supporting Kew Gardens in exploring & protecting our planet’s biodiversity 

Feb 6, 2024 | CSR News

In the heart of London lies a botanical wonderland, where biodiversity thrives and conservation efforts flourish. Kew Gardens, also known as the Royal Botanic Gardens, is not only a picturesque destination for visitors but also a hub for groundbreaking research and conservation initiatives. At the forefront of these efforts is Kew’s Biodiversity Program, a multifaceted endeavor aimed at understanding, preserving, and celebrating the diversity of life on Earth, efforts of which Navarino is a strong supporter.

Understanding Biodiversity

Biodiversity, the variety of life on Earth, is essential for ecosystem stability, resilience, and sustainability. Kew Gardens recognizes the importance of biodiversity and has been actively involved in documenting and understanding it for centuries. Through its vast collection of living plants, fungi, and seeds, as well as extensive herbarium specimens, Kew serves as a global resource for biodiversity research.

Conservation Initiatives 

Kew’s Biodiversity Program is committed to conserving biodiversity both locally and globally. One notable initiative is the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, which aims to conserve 25% of the world’s plant species by 2020 through seed banking. With over 2.4 billion seeds representing 40,000 species, the Millennium Seed Bank is the largest ex-situ plant conservation project in the world, based in the Wakehurst Millennium Seed Bank.

Additionally, Kew collaborates with partner organizations like Navarino around the globe to address pressing conservation challenges, such as habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. Through fieldwork, capacity building, and community engagement, Kew’s conservation efforts are making a tangible difference in safeguarding biodiversity for future generations.

Research and Discovery

The Biodiversity Program at Kew is fueled by scientific inquiry and discovery. Researchers at Kew are investigating diverse topics ranging from plant evolution and taxonomy to ecosystem dynamics and conservation genetics. By combining traditional botanical methods with cutting-edge technologies such as DNA sequencing and remote sensing, Kew scientists are uncovering new insights into the complexity and interconnectedness of life on Earth.

One particularly exciting aspect of Kew’s research is its focus on medicinal plants and their potential applications in healthcare and drug discovery. With a rich history of botanical exploration and ethnobotanical knowledge, Kew is uniquely positioned to unlock the therapeutic potential of plants and fungi for the benefit of humanity.

Education and Outreach 

In addition to its research and conservation efforts, Kew’s Biodiversity Program is dedicated to raising awareness and fostering a deeper appreciation for biodiversity. Through educational programs, public exhibitions, and community events, Kew engages people of all ages and backgrounds in the wonder of the natural world.

From school visits to citizen science projects, Kew encourages active participation in biodiversity conservation and inspires the next generation of scientists, conservationists, and nature enthusiasts. By instilling a sense of stewardship and responsibility for the planet, Kew is empowering individuals to become advocates for biodiversity conservation in their own communities.


Kew Gardens’ Biodiversity Program stands as a beacon of hope and inspiration in the face of global biodiversity loss. Through its dedication to research, conservation, education, and outreach, Kew is leading the charge in protecting and celebrating the rich tapestry of life on Earth. As we navigate the challenges of the 21st century, institutions like Kew remind us of the profound importance of biodiversity and the urgent need to safeguard it for future generations. Navarino is proud to be associated with and support such important efforts.

Check out an engaging video that covers all this and more here: Frö – Saving plant species beyond the Arctic Circle | Kew – YouTube