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Collaboration is key to identifying threatened trees in East Africa

Posted on by Megan Barstow

  In April 2018, GTC co-led two red list workshops in Kenya and Ethiopia with the Eastern African Plant Red List Authority (EAPRLA). Over the course of six days, 93 tree species were assessed and two thirds were identified as threatened in the wild. According to the world’s only list of tree species, GlobalTreeSearch, there…

Five extraordinary trees you’ve never heard of

Posted on by Victoria Price

With over 60,000  tree species in the world, there may be one or two that have escaped your notice. Here, GTC reveal some of the world’s most mysterious and surprising tree species, that you really should know about. 1. Okoubaka death tree Okoubaka aubrevillei This tree’s name comes from its ‘behaviour’, whereby it feeds on the…

Where we should be working in Madagascar; insights into priority places for trees.

Posted on by Jesus Carrasco

Madagascar is one of the most diverse places on earth however, despite the conservation interest in the island, very little is known about threatened tree species and where they are found. In this blog, Jesus Carrasco, describes the challenges he identified in his recent MSc work to help identify Madagascar’s most important sites for threatened…

GTC success; our review of 2017

Posted on by Victoria Price

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…

Invasive pests are the greatest threat to the survival of the world’s ash species

Posted on by Megan Barstow

  For the first time the conservation status of all 53 species of ash or Fraxinus trees is revelaed in GTC’s latest red list publication, The Red List of Fraxinus. The report finds the majority of Fraxinus species (79%) are not threatened with extinction in the wild. However, 11 species are still at high risk of being lost from…

Blood, sweat and tears of a conservationist in search of the world’s rarest apple: one student’s amazing journey to save a species

Posted on by Brett Wilson

In May 2017, Imperial College London master’s student Brett Wilson undertook Global Trees Campaign sponsored fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan’s fruit and nut forest to find one of the rarest wild apples on the planet. In this blog, he shares his experiences and describes what his research means for a species on the edge. A forgotten world Apples…

Two of the world’s tea species extinct in the wild according to new report

Posted on by Megan Barstow

  The Red List of Theaceae, the tea family, was published by the Global Trees Campaign today and identified more than a third of the world’s Theaceae species are threatened with extinction. Sadly, two species of tea, Franklinia alatamaha and Camellia amplexicaulis are already Extinct in the Wild, highlighting the urgent need for conservation action.…

400,000 trees for Christmas

Posted on by Kirsty Shaw

  At a time when conifer trees are decorated as part of Christmas celebrations around the globe, the Global Trees Campaign is busy planting 400,000 seedlings to save one of the most threatened conifer species in the world from extinction. Mulanje Cedar (Widdringtonia whytei) is endemic to Mulanje Mountain in Malawi. In 2016, the Global…

Research funding for trees on the edge

Posted on by Victoria Price

Global Trees Campaign is now accepting applications for support for Masters level research focused on the conservation of the world’s most threatened tree species. With over 10,000 tree species threatened with extinction, action is needed now more than ever to bring back these species from the brink of extinction. Siamese rosewood is the world’s most traded…

Saving seeds in the Indian Ocean Islands

Posted on by Kirsty Shaw

  Mauritius has at least 24 trees reported on the IUCN Red List to have less than 50 remaining individuals in the wild! Islands are hotspots for threatened species. They often contain endemic species with limited opportunity to become established elsewhere. Red listing and conservation action for threatened trees on islands is therefore a priority…

Big questions for tree conservation

Posted on by David Gill

The Global Trees Campaign has identified a number of research opportunities which would contribute to tree species conservation. These may be of interest to MSc and MRes students looking to collaborate with applied practitioners for their research projects in 2018. Working with our in-country partners, the Global Trees Campaign is currently supporting conservation actions for…

Call for applications: small grant for tree species conservation in Asia-Pacific region.

Posted on by Victoria Price

The Global Trees Campaign is delighted to announce its support of the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP). The programme, which supports future conservation leaders, is now accepting applications for the CLP 2018 Future Conservationist Award, in which one project will be dedicated to tree species conservation. The need to boost conservation action for the world’s threatened…