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Sowing seeds of hope for a Critically Endangered magnolia in Vietnam

Posted on by David Gill

In the limestone hills of northern Vietnam, villagers have been busy planting one of the world’s rarest magnolias back into its natural habitat. More than 1,100 seedlings from the Critically Endangered Magnolia grandis have been planted out by people from three villages in Ha Giang province, northern Vietnam. In a bid to save the species…

Threatened Trees Need You!

Posted on by Victoria Price

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…

How many tree species are there in the world?

Posted on by Emily Beech

  The Global Trees Campaign can now tell us! BGCI has been working for over two years, consulting over 500 published sources and liaising with experts all over the world to find the answer – 60,065 tree species. ‘GlobalTreeSearch’ is the first list of its kind, documenting all of the world’s known tree species and…

The Race to Red List the World’s Trees

Posted on by Megan Barstow

  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…

In search of a tree on the edge of extinction

Posted on by Emily Beech

A team of botanists from three continents set out in search of Karomia gigas, a Critically Endangered tree with fewer than 20 remaining individuals estimated to be surviving in the wild. Emily Beech describes the trials and tribulations in the search for the seed. In October 2016, GTC led a survey trip to look for…

Sampling the fruits of our labour

Posted on by Kirsty Shaw

What a year for tree conservation! In this blog, we review our successes from 2016 and give a sneak peek of what’s in the nursery for 2017….. Natural selection Red listing is a key part of GTC’s approach, to prioritise where conservation efforts are most needed. The updated Red List of Magnoliaceae published last year…

Can Christmas save a Critically Endangered conifer?

Posted on by Sophia Steele

Fauna & Flora International’s Eastern Caribbean Project Coordinator, Sophia Steele explains how harnessing the spirit of Christmas might just save a Critically Endangered conifer… With their verdant steep slopes emerging dramatically from the clear blue Caribbean Sea, the Pitons are likely one of the first images to come to mind when hearing the name Saint…

Christmas Trees Across the Globe

Posted on by Megan Barstow

  It’s the countdown to Christmas and many of you will already have your Christmas trees up and decorated. Bringing trees into the home has been a long standing tradition, even before it was popularised during the Victorian era. Prior to this, Ancient Egyptians brought palms into their homes to celebrate their Sun Gods and…

Thinking outside the box for tree conservation

Posted on by Daniela Suarez

  In 2016, GTC awarded Oxford University Masters student, Daniela Requena Suarez, with a grant to support her research on a group of threatened tree species in the Peruvian Amazon. In this blog, she shares insights into her research and tells us what seed collection can mean for the conservation of these amazing trees. Not…

Global Trees Campaign invites applications for 2016-17 student grants

Posted on by Lydia Murphy

  The Global Trees Campaign is now accepting applications for student grants to support Masters research focused on tree species conservation. Have you heard more about rhinos than rosewood? Read more papers on elephants than on ebony? Did you know that over 9,600 tree species are threatened with extinction? Only a small proportion of threatened…

Tropical tree species restoration: field notes from Nigeria

Posted on by Adam Harrower

Adam Harrower from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden reflects on a recent trip to Nigeria to deliver training in tree conservation techniques.  Reforestation efforts in Nigeria are being spearheaded by GTC partner, “The Forest Unit” at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan. These efforts focus on the collection and propagation of native tree species which…

A tree tale of local heroism in Indonesia

Posted on by Victoria Price

Around the world, high in forested hills and deep within humid jungles live a few individuals who devote their lives to protecting ancient tree species. These men and women have become part of local folklore, esteemed for their commitment to their trees and forests. With the support of Fauna & Flora International (FFI), they continue to protect and foster the some of the world’s most…