Conserving native seeds in Mexico

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AUDIO: [Music]

VISUAL: Caption: Newton Fund in Action


AUDIO: The "Conservation of native seeds of useful trees in Mexico

VISUAL: Seeds being sorted


AUDIO: to conserve its natural capital"

VISUAL: Aerial view of forest in Mexico.


AUDIO: is a collaborative project between the UK and Mexico funded by the Newton Fund, through the collaboration between Kew Gardens, UNAM and the NGO Pronatura Veracruz A.C. The main objective is to maintain the natural capital of the forests,

VISUAL: Tiziana Ulian speaking. Caption: Dra. Tiziana Ulian, Senior Research Leader of Diversity and Livelihoods, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK


AUDIO: through the conservation and research of seeds of useful native trees.

VISUAL: Lab work


AUDIO: The project takes place in Veracruz

VISUAL: Animated map pointing to Veracruz


AUDIO: one of the states with more biodiversity in trees in Mexico, but at the same time highly threatened by the destruction of natural habitats. We have identified and located populations of the trees

VISUAL: Patricia Dávila speaking. Caption: Dra. Patricia Dávilia, Coordinadora general de estudios de posgrado unam, México


AUDIO: of greatest interest to local communities

VISUAL: Camera pans across forest scenery.


AUDIO: and fieldwork has been organised to collect their seeds and/or mature fruits

VISUAL: Patricia Dávila speaking.


AUDIO: With this, seeds of more than 80 species have been collected, 73 of which are conserved in the seed bank of the Fes-I UNAM

VISUAL: Elena Castillo-Lorenzo speaking. Caption: Dra. Elena Castillo-Lorenzo, Coordinadora de Proyectos en Latinoamérica Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK


AUDIO: and will be duplicated in the Millennium Seed Bank in the United Kingdom,

VISUAL: Footage of Millenium Seed Bank


AUDIO: to ensure their long-term conservation.

VISUAL: Scientists from Kew Gardens working in a lab


AUDIO: About 20 species have been propagated in Pronatura Veracruz nurseries to support different tree planting initiatives and reforestation programmes in the region

VISUAL: Elena Castillo-Lorenzo speaking,


AUDIO: The great diversity of landowners, such as coffee farmers, cattle ranchers or people who want to help conserve the jungles and forests

VISUAL: Elisa Peresbarbosa Rojas speaking. Caption: M.C. Elisa Peresbarbosa Rojas, Directora General, Pronatura Veracruz A.C.


AUDIO: They participate by planting native trees on their land. In this way, the communities benefit in the short term from the results and in the long term from food and economic benefits.

VISUAL: Images of the following species of seed: Red Cedar, Erythrinas, Robles, Encinos, Annonas, Ingas, Ceibas, Nacaxtles, Ramones. Caption: Species such as Red Cedar, Erythrinas, Robles, Encinos, Annonas, Ingas, Ceibas, Nacaxtles, Ramones and many more, are of great importance to the communities for the use of their wood, fruits, medicinal elements, food and melliferous.


AUDIO: In addition, the project contributes to conserving and maintaining biodiversity, as well as adapting and becoming more resilient to climate change

VISUAL: Eliza Peresbarbosa Rojas speaking


AUDIO: [Music]

VISUAL: British Embassy Mexico logo and Newton Fund logo