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Getting to know GTC: Interview with Tonisoa Ivoandry

Posted on by Jessica Walker

  In the next instalment in our interview series we meet another dedicated conservationist working with GTC to save the world’s most threatened trees from extinction. Introducing Tonisoa Ivoandry, project officer for the Communities and Conservation Program at Madagasikara Voakajy, GTC partner in Madagascar. Tonisoa is responsible for managing baobab research and conservation in the…

Coming to terms with the terms

Posted on by Malin Rivers

  The Global Trees Campaign works with the conservation of threatened trees, but what does it mean to be threatened, rare, at risk, endangered or vulnerable? How are the terms used? Why is it important to distinguish between them? This technical blog will shed light on some of the confusion around these terms, and may…

Call for applications: small grant for tree species conservation in the Latin American & Caribbean region

Posted on by Jessica Walker

  For the third year running the Global Trees Campaign is joining forces with the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) to support rising stars in tree conservation. Applications for the CLP 2019 Future Conservationist Award are now open. The need to boost conservation action for the world’s threatened trees has never been more urgent. With over…

Champion for southern Brazil’s most threatened trees recognised through international award

Posted on by Jessica Walker

  GTC is delighted to celebrate the success of one of our partners; Pablo Melo Hoffmann, Executive Director of Sociedade Chaua in Brazil, has been granted the prestigious Marsh Award for his leadership in tree conservation. The Marsh Awards recognise the efforts of exceptional conservationists to raise awareness about the issues facing threatened species and…

Uncovering the secrets of Príncipe’s mysterious rainforests

Posted on by Jessica Walker

Two years of research efforts on Príncipe have transformed our knowledge of this tiny island’s diverse flora, bringing the total of plant species to 415. These field surveys represent a major botanical undertaking and led to 45 new records for the island, including eight species that are new to science. Príncipe is a remote volcanic…

Exploring Silhouette Island in search of two Critically Endangered tree species in the Seychelles

Posted on by Emily Beech

    GTC, alongside the Island Conservation Society and biodiversity consultant Bruno Senterre, went in search of two Critically Endangered tree species known only from a single island in the Seychelles archipelago, Silhouette. Silhouette is an island of two ridges, with cliffs, valleys and waterfalls like the one above. It is home to many interesting plant…

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…