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The Race to Red List the World’s Trees

  Currently, we only know the threat status of one third of all tree species, meaning many species in need of conservation are being ignored and left on the path to extinction. Here Megan Barstow and Malin Rivers discuss how the Global Trees Campaign is helping to tackle this issue through an exciting and challenging global initiative. The Start Line The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is the most comprehensive source for global conser…

Chinese Coffin Tree

A giant of the tree world, the Chinese Coffin tree is a conifer that can grow to 50m high and 3 metres across with large, buttress roots.  Native to eastern Asia, it grows in the mountains of central Taiwan, mainland China (Guizhou, Hubei, Sichuan, Yunnan provinces); Myanmar and Vietnam. Like other conifers, it has needle-like leaves but, after it reaches an age of over 100 years, these leaves undergo a gradual transition, eventually turning int…

Tree conservation for zoologists  

…nursery Seed collection Seed processing and storage Germination and seedling growth Solving germination problems Tree planting for population reinforcement. These briefs are currently available in English, although translated versions in Chinese and Spanish will be available in mid-2015. Using the guidelines When developing knowledge and skills in tree conservation there is of course no substitute for committed action over the long-term with the…

Five extraordinary trees you’ve never heard of

…range of products including furniture, bridges, temples and boats, but it was particularly sought after for make coffins in China, a use which gives its common name. Since it was first studied, seedlings of the tree have always been rare in the wild, and regeneration continues to be limited. This problem, combined with fewer adult trees as a result of logging is threatening the species survival. The towering Chinese coffin tree. Credit: Center fo…

Wooden personalities: how I learned that trees are remarkable and worth saving

…nopy branches of submerged trees. And if you look into trees… The striking red flowers of the devil’s hand tree. Credit; N. Ramírez-Marcial. Every tree is different Since I’ve started developing this quiz, I have found myself googling not only tree species (as would be expected), but a wide range of apparently random subjects such as mummifications, Stradivarius violins, benign prostatic hyperplasia, soil fungi and Chinese coffins – t…

Tree conservation training for rangers in southern China

…na is to provide nature reserve managers with the skills and support they need to protect and restore threatened tree species. Beyond providing initial training, we mentor and supervise rangers to take action on the ground, and help them to develop long-term partnerships with leading Chinese experts in tree conservation. With our partner, BRC (Guangxi Biodiversity Research and Conservation Association), we are carrying out the following actions:…

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Global Trees Campaign? A: The Global Trees Campaign exists to save the world’s threatened tree species and their habitats through conservation action, capacity development and by influencing and inspiring action from other groups to conserve threatened trees. Q: Who is the Global Trees Campaign? A:  The Global Trees Campaign is a partnership between Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Botanic Gardens Conservation Internatio…

Getting Threatened Trees Trending

  To help raise awareness of the plight currently facing the world’s tree species, the GTC organised a suite of tree conservation talks on Tree Tuesday of BGCI’s Sixth Global Botanic Garden Congress to place threatened trees firmly in the limelight. Here Yvette Harvey-Brown reports on the major discussion points of Tree Tuesday. BGCI’s Sixth Global Botanic Garden Congress (6GBGC) was hosted by the Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Vi…

GTC success; our review of 2017

The year 2017 marked another year huge leap forward for Global Trees Campaign (GTC) and our partners. As we make plans for another exciting year ahead, we reflect upon our achievements in 2017. Here we share a taste of some of our proudest moments; from high-level policy impacts, to grassroots people power, making a real difference to tree populations. A World first For the first time in 2017 we answered the question ‘how many tree species are t…

Trees are for life, not just for Christmas!

It’s Christmas time! Which means Christmas trees, and this year there are a variety of options for an eco-friendly Christmas tree from organic trees to rent-a-tree. Across much of the world, trees are an important part of the festive Christmas season from the conifers decorated with baubles and tinsel to the halls decked with holly! Most environmentally conscious merrymakers will be thinking about the best way to have a green Christmas. Luckily…

Threatened Trees Need You!

Being the only international programme conserving threatened tree species in the wild, is as much a challenge, as a ‘Unique Selling Point’ (USP) for GTC. In this blog,  Victoria Price explores how GTC is working to overcome this by helping others to champion the cause, and save threatened tree species in the wild.   Of the 60,000 trees known to exist, over 9,600 are threatened with extinction. This means 9,600 species across the globe would…

Timber

…ss southern Belize although its recent inclusion in CITES Appendix II should afford it stronger protection. The Chinese Coffin tree (Taiwania cryptomerioides) This conifer is found in eastern Asia and can grow to 80m high. Its timber, being light, durable and pleasantly scented, is used to make a range of hhigh-qualityproducts including furniture, boats and coffins. Logging and forest clearance have led to a major decline in its number and cof…