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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…

Tales of tree conservation

Posted on by David Gill

As the Global Trees Campaign celebrates the launch of its new website, the partnership team share a few stories describing some of their successes and challenges. Fifteen years ago the world’s tree species received their first, long overdue, health check-up by the conservation community. Trees proved to be awkward patients: close to 100,000 species were…

Tree conservation: A key agenda item at the 5th Global Botanic Gardens Congress

Posted on by Kirsty Shaw

The 5th Global Botanic Gardens Congress (5GBGC) organised by BGCI, a lead partner of the Global Trees Campaign, was held in Dunedin, New Zealand, from October 20th – 25th 2013. Bringing together over 300 delegates from 43 countries, the congress was hailed a great success. Tree conservation was high on the agenda of items to…

Community-managed forest provides great hope for the future of Madagascar’s iconic trees

Posted on by Georgina Magin

The iconic baobabs of Madagascar symbolise the island’s unique wildlife as much as its lemurs. The magnificent Grandidier’s baobab (known locally as Renala) is the best-known species, but also one of the most threatened. This week saw a milestone in conservation of the Renala, with the granting of management rights for 6,453 hectares of forest hosting 400…