Plant Conservation and Research Foundation (PCRF) joins “Let It Grow” Pan-European Nature Campaign

PCRF one of South Asian’s leading Plant Research foundation is pleased to announce that it has joined a major new campaign aimed at raising awareness of local biodiversity and protecting ecosystems in the community.  The campaign, called “Let It Grow” is being launched by three of the largest science communications associations in Europe:  The Botanic Gardens Conservation International, The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, and Ecsite, the European network of Science Centres and Museums.  Let It Grow aims to promote awareness of biodiversity in our communities, and help communities establish spaces to help protect native species vital to our communities.

What is the problem?

We rely on nature to provide many of the services that make our communities habitable – from flood prevention to pollination of food crops, living things from bacteria to bears each play a role in maintaining our environment.  Each species has adapted to provide an essential service to all of the others, so it is vitally important to make sure that these native species continue to live in the ecosystem.  As our society develops however, native species are increasingly under pressure: from habitat conversion and changes in agriculture through to the accidental introduction of species from other parts of the world, these species are having to fight hard just to survive.  This is called biodiversity loss, and it’s becoming a major problem not just in rainforests but also in our communities.

How will Let It Grow help?

PCRF is joining some of the biggest names in science engagement across Europe to raise awareness of why biodiversity is important, and to get communities involved in providing space for native species. We’ll also be measuring biodiversity, to get a picture of how serious biodiversity loss is and how leaving spaces for native species is making a difference. On 22 MAY PCRF will be organising activities to put members of the public in touch with scientists, demonstrate the importance of our amazing local organisms, and set up a local network of left spaces.

What can you do?

  • Come and visit us to learn more about the incredible web of life that surrounds us
  • Set aside a part of your balcony, garden or community space for native species
  • Join us on May 22 for the international day for Biological Diversity


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