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CITES takes decisive action to protect tropical tree species

Posted on by David Gill

Fauna & Flora International and Belizean partner Ya’axché Conservation Trust have commended a CITES decision to strengthen protection for tropical hardwoods, write Gail Stott and David Gill. Valuable but highly threatened rosewoods and ebonies have a more secure future after a historic decision at the recent CITES meeting in Bangkok. These trees produce stunning timber that is…

Rhododendron experts meet to develop an action plan for threatened species

Posted on by Kirsty Shaw

The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (RBGE), the Rhododendron Species Conservation Group and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) jointly hosted a two-day conference with the aim to develop a coordinated action plan to save threatened Rhododendron species from extinction in the wild. The Red List of Rhododendrons published in 2011, showed that a quarter of the…

Tall, stripy and mighty: introducing the African Zebrawood

Posted on by David Gill

In the latest instalment of the Global Trees Campaign’s ‘Remarkable Trees’ blog series, Fauna & Flora International’s David Gill describes his encounter with the African Zebrawood from Cameroon. Mount Cameroon provides an impressive setting for meeting a remarkable tree. The highest mountain in Central Africa, it also holds the title of being the region’s most active volcano.…

Survey Doubles Known Populaton of Hollick’s Birch

Posted on by Andreas Oberli

The Hollick’s Birch or “Grey Bark Birch” is one of Jamaica’s rarest endemic trees in the family Burseraceae (Frankincense and Myrrh).  Andreas Oberli and local students from Jamaica recently set out to survey the last remaining populations of the species. Their surveys, undertaken on Portland Ridge on the south coast, led to the discovery of…

More than just a tree hugger

Posted on by David Gill

To help raise awareness of the world’s threatened trees, we are publishing a ‘Remarkable Trees’ series of blogs covering tales of some of our favourite arboreal species. Here, David Gill (Fauna & Flora International’s Programme Officer for the Global Trees Campaign) plants the seed… Four years ago, after finishing a spell abroad in Paraguay, my own fascination…

New Red List of Mexican cloud forest trees reveals 60% are threatened with extinction

Posted on by Amy Hinsley

In terms of botanical diversity, the cloud forests of Mexico are exceptionally rich, with over 2,800 plant species recorded within them, 25% of which are trees. However, a new Red List of these trees has revealed that 60% are threatened with extinction. The cloud forests of Mexico are mostly found on steep slopes and protected…

Vanishing acts: trees under threat exhibit opens at Morton Arboretum

Posted on by Amy Hinsley

A new outdoor exhibit at The Morton Arboretum shows that trees that we know and love are endangered in the wild. Produced in partnership with the Global Trees Campaign, the exhibit highlights that by protecting these trees, we help ourselves and the entire planet. The exhibit explores the uses of and threats to a number…

Rare tree not seen since 1955 re-discovered in Sabah, Malaysia

Posted on by Amy Hinsley

Three individuals of a rare dipterocarp species that was thought to be extinct from Sabah have been found in the Siangau Forest Reserve. Not seen since 1955, Dipterocarpus lamellatus, commonly known as Keruing Jarang, was found during a survey of the area by a research team from the Forestry Department. Dipterocarpus lamellatus was last recorded in…

New research shows 25% Rhododendron species under threat of extinction

Posted on by Amy Hinsley

A new report assessing the conservation status of the Rhododendron plant species (‘Red List of Rhododendrons’) shows that a quarter of the 1157 Rhododendron species are under threat in the wild; one Rhododendron plant species (Rhododendron kanehirae) would be extinct but for collections in botanic gardens (one of which is the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh,…

New tree species found during Liberia tree surveys

Posted on by Amy Hinsley

A new species of tree has been found in the forests of Liberia’s Sapo National Park. The large forest tree, which is thought to be a second species of Apodiscus, was discovered during Global Trees Campaign supported surveys in December 2010. Tree surveys were conducted in Liberia’s coastal rainforest and former national forests, in particular the…

Hanson clarinets completes world’s first chain of custody for sustainably harvested African blackwood.

Posted on by Amy Hinsley

Following the first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificate for community-managed natural forest in Africa (supported by Global Trees Campaign partners the Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative), clarinet players will soon have the choice of buying environmentally and socially sustainable instruments after Hanson Clarinets also became FSC certified in March 2010. The FSC-certification of Hanson Clarinets, the UK’s…

New Red List identifies threatened trees of Central Asia

Posted on by Amy Hinsley

The vast and contrasting landscapes of Central Asia are host to over 500 species of woody plants, including wild apples, pears, pistachios and walnuts. As threats to the region’s forests increase, the Red List of Trees of Central Asia, published by the Global Trees Campaign, has identified the 44 species most at risk. The latest…