Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew partners Hay Festival globally to stage a series of environmentally focused discussions and lectures to help foster an understanding of the importance of protecting our planet and its unique biodiversity at a time of increased threats.
The Kew Platform at Hay Festival Quéretaro, 8 September 2019
This conversation between Doctor Rafael Lira (UNAM) and Doctor Tiziana Ulian from the Royal Botanic Gardens (United Kingdom) explores our comprehension of plants in nature while we fight to protect biodiversity from the different dangers that threaten it. Using some examples of the work of scientists at Kew Gardens in Mexico and other countries, we will analyse our relationship with nature and our priorities, and look at how science can help us with some solutions. The event will be introduced by Kew Gardens' Ambassador Andrés Rozental.
The Kew Platform at Hay Festival Wales, 25 May 2019
Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and winner of the prestigious Kew International Medal for her work on climate justice, talks to scientist Emily Shuckburgh about her new book, Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future..Watch or listen to the event on Hay Player
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew works in over 100 countries worldwide, to map, research and understand plants and fungi. Kew also focuses on training local people to share its vast archive of data to inform global discussions on conservation and land use. This work involves a network of partner organisations and scientists.
In Mexico, Kew has been working for over 15 years on the conservation of Mexican flora in partnership with Fes-I UNAM (Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), and most recently launched a new project together with Fesi-UNAM and the NGOs Pronatura México and Pronatura Veracruz, to conserve native useful trees of Mexico to maintain its natural capital.
In Peru, Kew is doing work to map land use, and recently announced a new project around seed banking to improve conservation and access to medicinal plants from the highlands of Moquegua Peru. The aim is to build scientific capacity for the collection, conservation and use of seed from wild medicinal plants. The fieldwork of the project is close to Arequipa where the Hay Festival takes place in November.
In Colombia, Kew’s Colombia Bio programme has already been underway for three years, helping to transform the Colombian economy into one based on green growth, by assisting the country to make sustainable use of its natural capital and rich biodiversity.