A mission to protect the incredible Australian biodiversity as well as future generations, with the Royal Botanic Garden.
Together for Nature
Two giants, hand in hand
Biodiversity is decreasing unprecedentedly fast. In Australia, just like in other places of the world, plants are disappearing and will never be seen again. Unless perhaps... Unless we store their seeds, protect the most vulnerable and make sure our children will know how to protect them in turn…
Talk of a colossal task! It is so gigantic there might never be enough dedicated souls to accomplish it. But one is already making a huge difference. For more than 200 years now, the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney has made it its mission and undertaken crucial rescue and protection actions.
Klorane Botanical Foundation has chosen to join forces with them on several projects, among which:
- the Rainforest conservation program, protecting Australia's rainforest species
- “Herbarium On Stage Workshops” for children
- an exhibition to spread awareness around biodiversity protection actions around the world
- the digitalisation of the Herbier National (NSW) comprising more than 1 million plant specimens
Exploring, protecting and sharing
A lifeguard for the rainforest
Can science be of any use to help a rainforest that's losing more and more species each year? The answer is yes. And there are many ways it can help. For instance, by saving as many different types of seeds as possible to be able to offer them a second chance after the species are gone. But it's not that easy since such seeds often show very low tolerance to drying or freezing. The Australian PlantBank of the Royal Botanic Garden has made an expertise of the process and stands out as a pioneer.
But it's not just about expertise. A proper race against time is on now. To help nature win it, Klorane Botanical Foundation has chosen to offer the PlantBank support for the program, to develop actions in order to help local ecosystems survive, to prevent invasive species from taking over…
And because every bit of knowledge gathered during the program should help other dedicated scientists, no matter where on the map, they will be shared with the rest of the world.
These species are now safe!
Here are some species currently included in the Rainforest conservation program: Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora), Macadomia, Black Bean (Castanspermum and Bunya Pine (Araucaria bidwillii).
Phenomenal scientific resources
The Royal Botanic Garden and domaine Trust has many activities, including major scientific ones. The leading science facilities, collections and services include an amazing collection of 1.2 million botanicals specimens, some dating back to 1770: the National Herbarium of NSW. In order to protect these botanical treasures from the effects of time and make them available to the scientific world, volunteers work to digitalise the plates and archive them on computer.
As for the Australian PlantBank, it has gained international recognition through its pioneering plant conservation actions and technological prowesses. They will both benefit from our support to be able to further the means dedicated to saving biodiversity and making it faster.
Herbarium workshops for children
Manipulating plants is a beautiful way to awaken to their world... And this is something our foundation is pretty good at! Twice a year, we will organise workshops for over 240 kids, as an addition to the large curriculum of educational activities held by the Royal Botanic Garden.
The workshops will include botanical walks to discover and discuss medicinal and edible plants, seed planting and herbarium making. Such memorable days can spur early passions for botanic! Or when they don't, they are a pleasant way to discover the mysterious realm of plants.
UNESCO Green Citizens Exhibition
Have you heard about this program? The exhibition highlights outstanding Education for Sustainable Development stories, displaying good practices from around the world among which our “Great Green Wall” program.
Each time these stories are made more visible, they become able to inspire even more individuals to turn to nature. Our foundation will be displaying the exhibition with UNESCO and SIPA Press at the very heart of the garden, in the famous Calyx.
Several panels will exhibit projects from Senegal, Brazil, India, Japan and Vanuatu. From rice farming methods used as a means to raise awareness to the sustainable production of Cupuaçu in Amazonia through a live educational show, they are all deeply engaged and responsible actions.
Our partner: le Royal Botanic Garden and Domain Trust
All Sydney dwellers know the city's green heart, the Royal Botanic Garden. Along the Sydney Harbour shore, it connects people and nature through 58 acres of land, imaginative horticulture, engaging learning experiences, beautiful landscapes... The Trust it belongs to, over 200 years old, is also a foremost science institution. Its activities, though less visible to the public, are nonetheless crucial: a historical herbarium, one of the world's most significant botanical libraries, the Australian PlantBank, research services...