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Please help protect plants

“Ever since we arrived on this planet as a species, we’ve cut them down, dug them up, burnt them and poisoned them. Today we’re doing so on a greater scale than ever… We destroy plants at our peril. Neither we nor any other animal can survive without them.”

Sir David Attenborough, FFI vice president

Plant blindness

Without plants, humans would not be here. Plants provide the oxygen we breathe, the food we eat and the life-saving medicines we use. Despite our reliance on them, plants are disappearing unnoticed. Well over 570 plant species have gone extinct since 1750 – twice the recorded number of bird, mammal and amphibian species combined in the same period.

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Protecting plants for well over a century

Since 1903, FFI has been saving plants from the brink of extinction. From bleeding dragon trees in Cape Verde to ancient magnolias in Vietnam to obscure but genetically crucial fruit trees in Central Asia, FFI and local partners have protected some of the least familiar – and most threatened – plants on the planet.

Take one of nature’s climate change heroes – mangroves. Mangrove protection and restoration is integral to reversing biodiversity loss and combatting climate change, twin challenges that are inextricably linked. In northern Kenya, FFI and in-country partners are working to reduce the illegal exploitation of mangroves and are increasing the number of patrols carried out by local rangers. Mangrove restoration measures have included the planting of more than 35,000 mangrove seedlings since 2015.

By engaging local communities around the world to manage plant resources in a sustainable way, we can conserve endangered plants and ensure local livelihoods and traditional cultural practices prosper.

 

Who is FFI?

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world’s oldest conservation charity. Over the last 100 years, we have literally saved species from extinction and even – with the help of our vice-president, Sir David Attenborough – helped bring species back from the brink. We work to protect plants and animals around the globe, and spend 94% of our income on charitable activities.

That’s why we’re sure that – with your help – we still have time to protect the diversity of life on Earth.

Thank you.

If you value the natural world – if you think it should be protected for its own sake as well as humanity’s – then please support Fauna & Flora International.
Sir David Attenborough OM FRS Vice-president