National Herbarium

The project

The National Herbarium of Cameroon hosts the "Botanic Inventories" component of the Programme. This component carries out research in the priority sites of the Programme and in other areas with a high conservation potential, in order to document the botanic diversity of the country.

Executants: National Herbarium of Cameroon, Kew Botanic Gardens
Headquarters: Yaounde
Surface area: All over Cameroon.

History of the project:

The National Herbarium was founded in 1948. The Herbarium had initially been lodged at the Forestry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture. Subsequently it was attached to the "Institut de la Recherche Agronomique et Développement (IRAD)", under the authority of the Ministry of Scientific and Technical Research (MINREST) from 1974. With the financial help of the Programme, that lasted from 1997-2000, the National Herbarium was revived after a period of inactivity that lasted for 11 years.


  1. Improve the capacity to collect, process and systematically diffuse data on the diversity, the distribution and the use of plants in protected areas and elsewhere on the national territory.

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