One hundred of the most endangered habitats in the world are to be restored in a major global project.
They are some of the world’s most threatened natural landscapes, devastated by decades of pollution and deforestation.
Now a major new project is aiming to restore some of the most damaged habitats on the planet to their former glory.
Experts from botanical gardens around the world will next week sign an agreement to work together in a 20 year long project to rescue 100 ecosystems that they fear are on the verge of being lost forever.
Among the landscapes they are hoping to save are the arid huarango woodlands in southern Peru, which have almost completely been turned to desert after being cut down to make way for farming.
Upland forests in the mountains of Kenya, which support rich varieties of plants and animals, have been so heavily cleared by tea plantations that just five per cent of the forests now remain.