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Celebrating successes of 2015

Posted on by Victoria Price

The year 2015 marked a great year for the Global Trees Campaign (GTC). As we make plans for another exciting year ahead, we thought it would be fitting to reflect upon what we and our partners achieved in 2015 and share our proudest moments with our followers and supporters. Prioritising species of greatest conservation concern…

The Twelve Trees of Christmas

Posted on by Emily Beech

At this time of year people all over the world bring Christmas trees into their homes to welcome in the festive spirit. But did you know that 34% of conifers are at risk of becoming extinct in their natural environment due to things such as habitat loss? Over the next 12 days, the Global Trees…

Going on a birch hunt

Posted on by Lydia Murphy

Until recently, Betula megrelica – a birch species endemic to the Caucasus – was only known to grow on two mountains in north-west Georgia. But the discovery of a new population this autumn by a team of Georgian and UK botanists has raised hopes for the future of this Endangered tree species. Betula megrelica trees are true…

Magnolia longipedunculata: the climate migrant, putting in the hard graft to survive

Posted on by Malin Rivers

Scientific trials reveal new planting techniques improve germination success and seedling health of a Critically Endangered species of Magnolia. Magnolia longipedunculata is a Critically Endangered species with only 11 trees left in the wild. The entire global population is found within one site in south-east China, the Nankunshan Nature Reserve in Guangdong.  This tiny population…

Restarting the regeneration game

Posted on by David Gill

Fauna & Flora International’s Dave Gill explains why a breakthrough by Guangxi Institute of Botany scientists could help save one of China’s most threatened tree species. In a ramshackle restaurant in Ziyuan town, Guangxi, three botanists wait patiently for me to finish my breakfast. Ignoring the noodles slipping between my chopsticks and splattering the table…

Only one in four of the most threatened trees are represented in ex situ collections

Posted on by Kirsty Shaw

The Global Trees Campaign aims to avoid all tree extinctions in the wild. An important component of conservation action must be ex situ conservation: securing a species outside of its natural range, as a back-up measure in case remaining wild populations are lost. Our new report, released today, highlights that 74% of the most threatened…

Wising up to Caribbean frankincense

Posted on by Jenny Daltry

Fauna & Flora International’s Senior Conservation Biologist Jenny Daltry reveals how a study of the lansan tree is helping to support livelihoods and species conservation in Saint Lucia. Following the edge of the Forest Reserve on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, Adams Toussaint pointed to a startling trail of destruction. One tree after another…

Baobab ambassador recognised through international award

Posted on by Victoria Price

Africa’s Young Women Conservation Biologists Award 2015 won by Malagasy biologist and GTC partner, Julie Hanta Razafimanahaka. Fresh from the 27th International Congress on Conservation Biology, the Global Trees Campaign (GTC) is excited to celebrate the success of our partner, Julie Hanta Razafimanahaka. Julie was awarded the Young Women Conservation Biologists (YWCB) Award 2015 by…

Hope for rare Vietnamese tree as seeds sprout at Bedgebury

Posted on by Emily Beech

Seeds of Vietnamese golden cypress plants have been successfully grown for the first time at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, providing hope for the dwindling population in the mountains of northern Vietnam. For the first time ever, plants of the Endangered Vietnamese golden cypress have been successfully grown from seeds, at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest,…

Finding ways forward for the charismatic megaflora

Posted on by David Gill

The July 2015 issue of Fauna & Flora International’s academic journal, Oryx, is dedicated to tree conservation. In this blog, Dave Gill and Rob Loveridge pay tribute to the scientists whose work is guiding the conservation of the ‘charismatic megaflora’. On close inspection, trees reveal all sorts of secrets. In 2015 alone, scientists have discovered…

New individuals found of China’s ‘most threatened fir’

Posted on by Victoria Price

The known population size of the Critically Endangered Yuanbaoshan fir more than doubled following expeditions in Yuanbaoshan National Nature Reserve (NNR). Project Manager, Xiaoya Li explains what this discovery means and how it will influence their conservation. The future of the Yuanbaoshan fir (Abies yuanbaoshanensis), a Critically Endangered tree species found in a single nature…

Wooden personalities: how I learned that trees are remarkable and worth saving

Posted on by Marta Calix

Trees. Until a couple of months ago, I thought trees played three main roles in the field of conservation biology. First, trees are components of animal habitat, and provide food and shelter for other creatures. Second, trees act as carbon sinks, unwitting and often underappreciated heroes in the fight against climate change. And third, a variety…