Global Trees Campaign

Securing the future of the world’s threatened tree species

About the Global Trees Campaign

The Global Trees Campaign is a joint initiative between Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). It is the only international programme dedicated to saving the world’s threatened tree species.

Over 9,600 tree species are threatened with extinction. Of even greater concern, over 1,850 species are listed as Critically Endangered – likely to go extinct unless urgent action is taken now to save them.

Our mission statement is “to safeguard the world’s threatened trees from extinction securing their continued benefits for humans and the wider environment”.

The Global Trees Campaign recognises that saving forests will not necessarily save the immense variety of tree species, many of which require individually-targeted attention to ensure their survival.

Launched in 1999, to date we have supported tree conservation in 25 countries worldwide.

How we work

We aim to be the advocate and voice for threatened trees, both directly supporting threatened tree conservation and catalysing others to take action. We do this in four main ways:

  • Building capacity for saving threatened trees

We help our local partners to develop the knowledge and skills needed for threatened tree conservation, providing resources, delivering training programmes and sharing examples of best practice.

Training tree conservationists (credit: Gail Scott / Ya'axché).

Training tree conservationists (Credit: Gail Scott / Ya’axché).

  • Carry out practical conservation for threatened trees

Working with our local partners, we support a range of projects focussing on saving some of the world’s most threatened tree species.

Some trees, such as this Abies species, require targetted conservation action to ensure their survival (Credit: Li Xiaoya/FFI).

Some trees, such as this Abies species, require targetted conservation action to ensure their survival (Credit: Li Xiaoya/FFI).

  • Raise awareness of the need for conservation

We encourage tree planters, conservation groups, corporations and other relevant groups to integrate rare or threatened trees into their work. By engaging with a larger network of groups we aim to catalyse greater action for tree species conservation.

Beautiful magnolias are helping us to engage other groups in tree species conservation (credit: Jackson Hu/FFI)

Beautiful magnolias are helping us to engage other groups in tree species conservation (Credit: Jackson Xu/FFI)

  • Prioritise trees most at risk of extinction through red listing and ex situ surveys

We hold the secretariat of the IUCN/SSC Global Tree Specialist Group (GTSG), the lead authority undertaking red list conservation assessments of trees to determine their conservation status in the wild. We also perform ex situ analyses to identify which threatened trees are represented or absent from conservation collections, including in botanic gardens and seed banks. This allows us to prioritise conservation action to focus on those species most in need.

Monkey Puzzle Forest - Araucaria - Conguillo Nat Park - Chile 5 (Credit Peter Hollingsworth, RBGE) 2

Monkey Puzzle Forest, Chile. (Credit: Peter Hollingsworth/RBGE)