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10,000 threatened trees planted near Mount Cameroon

Posted on by Asa'a Lemawah

Conservationists have joined forces with local communities to plant 10,000 trees from threatened species into community forests near Mt. Cameroon. In a bid to enhance the conservation of several threatened tree species present in the Mt. Cameroon area, project staff from the Cameroonian NGO, ERuDeF (Environment and Rural Development Foundation) collaborated with members from local…

Getting to the root of the issue: giving the Niedzwetzky apple a helping hand in Kyrgyzstan

Posted on by Robin Loveridge

Robin Loveridge, Global Trees Campaign’s Programme Officer at Fauna & Flora International, goes apple hunting and looking for new solutions to an old problem in nature’s Eden in Central Asia, where apples first evolved. From the relative lowlands of Bishkek we spiralled upwards towards a high mountain pass, breaking the snow line. With a population only…

Global Survey of Ex situ Conifer Collections highlights the need for increased conservation action

Posted on by Kirsty Shaw

A Global Survey of Ex situ Conifer Collections has analysed how well represented threatened conifers are in botanic garden and arboreta collections around the world and highlights priority taxa for conservation action. A global reassessment of the conservation status of the world’s conifers was undertaken and up-to-date assessments published on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in July…

Red Listing the world’s trees

Posted on by Kirsty Shaw

The IUCN/SSC Global Tree Specialist Group is working towards developing a Global Tree Conservation Assessment by 2020 – an up-to-date assessment of the conservation status of the world’s tree species. In this blog post we provide an update of the latest additions to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and welcome a new recruit…

Volunteering for tree conservation in Brazil

Posted on by Marian Lechner

Marian Lechner, a PhD student from Tübingen, Germany, blogs on his volunteering experience with the Global Trees Campaign’s partner in Brazil, Sociedade Chauá. It all started when I contacted Georgina Magin and David Gill at Fauna & Flora International (FFI) to ask about volunteering opportunities at one of FFI’s Global Trees Campaign projects in South…

President Kikwete plants threatened tree to celebrate Union Day in Tanzania

Posted on by Kirsty Shaw

26th April 2014 was Union Day in Tanzania, marking the 50th anniversary of the unification of Tanganyika and Zanzibar to form the United Republic of Tanzania. A ceremonial tree planting took place as part of the celebrations and President Kikwete planted a young Erythrina schliebenii tree, perhaps the most threatened tree species in Tanzania. Lake Latumba Coral Tree, Erythrina…

Conifer conservation – Heritage Hedges

Posted on by Kirsty Shaw

The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (RBGE, Scotland) has developed a novel approach to tree conservation: incorporating historic and threatened trees in a “Heritage Hedge”. The hedge includes material cultivated from the oldest Yew trees in the UK (Taxus baccata) and trees cultivated from seed collected from threatened Taxus species around the world. It will provide a valuable…

Threatened trees of Ethiopia

Posted on by Kirsty Shaw

During a recent visit to Ethiopia, Global Trees Campaign staff encountered many amazing trees and identified exciting opportunities for tree conservation efforts. With growing momentum in the country for botanic garden development, the Global Trees Campaign is working with partners in Ethiopia to develop projects to save the country’s threatened trees from extinction. Situated in…

Protecting tropical trees in Sumatra

Posted on by Ally Catterick

A series of biodiversity surveys in Indonesia’s Kerinci Seblat National Park are helping scientists develop conservation action plans to protect endemic species. Fauna & Flora International’s Indonesian team are conducting a series of biodiversity surveys in the tropical forests of Kerinci Seblat National Park near Jambi, on the island of Sumatra. The lush, tropical national…

Ya’axché’s ranger team develops skills for tree conservation

Posted on by Gail Stott

In April 2013, the Ya’axché Conservation Trust initiated a new programme in Belize focusing on increasing the capacity of protected area managers and staff to carry out tree species conservation. Approaching the end of the project’s first year, Gail Stott reports on the early progress made working with Ya’axché’s ranger team. The first year of…

Trees are for life, not just for Christmas!

Posted on by Kirsty Shaw

It’s Christmas time! Which means Christmas trees, and this year there are a variety of options for an eco-friendly Christmas tree from organic trees to rent-a-tree. Across much of the world, trees are an important part of the festive Christmas season from the conifers decorated with baubles and tinsel to the halls decked with holly!…

It’s National Tree Week in the UK: GTC looks at the status of the nation’s trees

Posted on by Shyamali Roy

Globally, trees are primarily threatened by degradation or destruction of woodland for agriculture and timber production. In the UK these factors do not pose a significant threat to our native trees but this does not mean we are immune from problems. This week is National Tree Week in the UK so what better time to…