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GTC success; our review of 2017

The year 2017 marked another year huge leap forward for Global Trees Campaign (GTC) and our partners. As we make plans for another exciting year ahead, we reflect upon our achievements in 2017. Here we share a taste of some of our proudest moments; from high-level policy impacts, to grassroots people power, making a real difference to tree populations. A World first For the first time in 2017 we answered the question ‘how many tree species are…

Getting Threatened Trees Trending

  To help raise awareness of the plight currently facing the world’s tree species, the GTC organised a suite of tree conservation talks on Tree Tuesday of BGCI’s Sixth Global Botanic Garden Congress to place threatened trees firmly in the limelight. Here Yvette Harvey-Brown reports on the major discussion points of Tree Tuesday. BGCI’s Sixth Global Botanic Garden Congress (6GBGC) was hosted by the Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la…

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Global Trees Campaign? A: The Global Trees Campaign exists to save the world’s threatened tree species and their habitats through conservation action, capacity development and by influencing and inspiring action from other groups to conserve threatened trees. Q: Who is the Global Trees Campaign? A: The Global Trees Campaign is a partnership between Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Botanic Gardens Conservation…

Trees are for life, not just for Christmas!

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! Most environmentally conscious merrymakers will be thinking about the best way to have a green Christmas. Luckily…

Threatened Trees Need You!

Being the only international programme conserving threatened tree species in the wild, is as much a challenge, as a ‘Unique Selling Point’ (USP) for GTC. In this blog, Victoria Price explores how GTC is working to overcome this by helping others to champion the cause, and save threatened tree species in the wild.   Of the 60,000 trees known to exist, over 9,600 are threatened with extinction. This means 9,600 species across the globe would…

The Race to Red List the World’s Trees

  Currently, we only know the threat status of one third of all tree species, meaning many species in need of conservation are being ignored and left on the path to extinction. Here Megan Barstow and Malin Rivers discuss how the Global Trees Campaign is helping to tackle this issue through an exciting and challenging global initiative. The Start Line The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is the most comprehensive source for global…

Chinese Coffin Tree

A giant of the tree world, the Chinese Coffin tree is a conifer that can grow to 50m high and 3 metres across with large, buttress roots. Native to eastern Asia, it grows in the mountains of central Taiwan, mainland China (Guizhou, Hubei, Sichuan, Yunnan provinces); Myanmar and Vietnam. Like other conifers, it has needle-like leaves but, after it reaches an age of over 100 years, these leaves undergo a gradual transition, eventually turning…

Coffin tree conservation in Vietnam

Why this species? Conifers are an extremely ancient and important collection of organisms – the world’s tallest, largest and oldest living beings are all conifers. Taiwania cryptomerioides is the only species in the genus Taiwania. Commonly named the Chinese Coffin tree, Taiwania is found in mountainous areas of Eastern Asia, including China, Myanmar and Vietnam. Growing up to 55 meters high, this giant has a light and pleasantly spiced…

Tree conservation for zoologists  

As the Global Trees Campaign publishes a series of practical guidelines for tree conservation, Fauna & Flora International’s Dave Gill explains why we need to make these techniques more accessible to the wider conservation community. The world’s tree species are in urgent need of assistance. With more than 9,000 species sliding towards extinction, there is an ever growing need to take action to halt or abate the decline of wild populations….

Local and global links for tree conservation celebrated in the United States of America

Fauna & Flora International’s David Gill describes his recent visit to the USA, and the opportunity for new global partnerships for threatened tree conservation. I arrived in the United States at a perfect time of year to see, celebrate and promote conservation of threatened trees. Spring had sprung and Washington D.C.’s cherry trees had decorated the capital with candy floss pink blossom. My drive out of D.C., with FFI’s Executive…

Five extraordinary trees you’ve never heard of

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 nutrients stolen from the roots of surrounding trees which eventually weakens and kills them. The…

How many tree species are there in the world?

  The Global Trees Campaign can now tell us! BGCI has been working for over two years, consulting over 500 published sources and liaising with experts all over the world to find the answer – 60,065 tree species. ‘GlobalTreeSearch’ is the first list of its kind, documenting all of the world’s known tree species and their country level distributions. It may surprise you to learn that before today we didn’t know how many tree species there…