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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
United Kingdom - Surrey - Richmond
Institution Code: K
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The water lily house at Kew.
About the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
The mission of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is to enable better management of the Earth's environment by increasing knowledge and understanding of the plant and fungal kingdoms - the basis of life on earth.
Telephone: 0208 332 5000
Huarango Woodland Restoration Project
The ancient Nasca people drove themselves to near-extinction by replacing woodlands of the huarango tree (Prosopis pallida) with intensive farming practices. Without huarango trees to release moisture to the atmosphere, the local climate became progressively drought-prone, thus dooming the agriculture in this very arid part of southern Peru.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is working with local people, government and industry to re-establish hyperarid woodlands in southern Peru. For more than five years, school children and their parents have learned about the importance of the native huarango tree to their own economic well-being, and have become major partners in re-establishing the woodlands and conserving remnant stands of native vegetation.
They have propagated tens of thousands of native trees, shrubs and herbs and the new woodland is over one kilometre long.
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