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Getting to know GTC: Interview with Joachim Gratzfeld

Posted on by Emily Beech

  In our new interview series we meet some of the people working on or with the GTC to save the world’s most threatened trees from extinction. Our first interview is with Joachim Gratzfeld, Director of Regional Programmes at BGCI working on GTC projects across the world. How did you get into tree conservation? Perhaps…

Rare pear expedition bears fruit in Kyrgyzstan

Posted on by Tim Knight

  A new population of one of the world’s most endangered trees, the Bukharan pear, has been confirmed in a remote corner of Kyrgyzstan. The discovery of an estimated one hundred mature Pyrus korshinskyi in a single location provides a massive boost to the survival prospects of this species, which has virtually disappeared from most…

Six well-known trees surprisingly close to extinction

Posted on by Victoria Price

With over 10,000 tree species threatened with extinction, it goes without saying that some of our most loved trees are at risk. Here, GTC reveals six popular trees in danger of extinction – some of these will surprise you. Monkey puzzle (Araucaria araucana) Who would have guessed that the well-loved, garden superstar, the monkey puzzle…

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…