The Missouri Botanical Garden’s Africa and Madagascar Program operates in several countries across continental Africa, and has had a sustained presence in Madagascar since the 1980s.

Our primary activities include:

  • Botanical exploration and research in plant systematics, taxonomy
  • Development of the Catalogue of the Plants of Madagascar, the authoritative source on the island’s flora
  • Significant contribution to MBG’s global botanical database TROPICOS©
  • Community-based management of priority areas for plant conservation
  • Capacity building of botanical research institutions in host countries, including the training of in-country students and experts
  • Development of ex-situ conservation activities and  using conservation genetics approaches to inform threatened species recovery plans
  • Developing tools for spatial biodiversity assessments, including informing the identification of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs)
  • Serving as an IUCN Red List partner responsible for risk of extinction assessments and informing conservation priority-setting and planning
  • Advancing and implementing ecological restoration science

Our programs span these four main themes below