The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority has issued a call for members of every generation to take action to protect and restore ecosystems at home and world-wide.

Grevillea calliantha, a critically endangered species

BGPA has signed on to the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration as part of its commitment to making real change by tackling complex environmental challenges through its on-ground works, science and outreach programs.

The UN Decade launched on World Environment Day on 5 June 2021 and calls for worldwide action in preventing, halting and reversing ecosystem damage to create a sustainable future.

BGPA Executive Director Alan Barrett said every generation had a vital role in protecting the health of our planet.

'We encourage everyone to join us on our journey over the decade as we work towards ecosystem restoration in Western Australia and beyond', he said.

'Together we can all be part of the United Nations’ campaign - #GenerationRestoration.'

Kings Park Education and Learning welcomes nearly 20,000 students each year who take part in hands-on, inquiry-based programs on conservation and restoration techniques, as well as workshops building environmental responsibility.

Kings Park Education Officer Kiely O'Flaherty said ecological-based STEM programs provided students with increased environmental literacy and helped encourage creative problem solving for real-world environmental issues.

'Equipped with skills to lead at school and in their community, students can become custodians for environmental change and join Kings Park in the global movement to restore our world', she said.

BGPA has worked on pulling over 160 species from the threat of extinction via various methods including tissue culture, cryogenics, seedbanking and horticultural research.

The Kings Park Conservation Garden, located within the Western Australian Botanic Garden, displays and preserves 300 species of Western Australia's most threatened plants to help raise awareness of their threat of extinction.

Executive Director Alan Barrett said BGPA was a leader in research, adaptive bushland management and ecological restoration.

'Kings Park Science is at the forefront of innovative scientific research in native plant biology and environmental conservation', he said.

'The WA Seed Centre is a vital resource for conserving Western Australian flora, collecting and preserving seed and plant material from species that are from threatened habitats, are rare or under risk of extinction.

'BGPA bushland and horticultural experts and dedicated volunteers propagate native plants and restore native bushland in Kings Park and Bold Park.

'We are committed to restoration efforts over the next ten years and beyond to preserve nature for future generations.'

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