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.
- Carry out practical conservation for threatened trees
- 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.
- 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.