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A call for global action to save the world’s threatened trees

Posted on by Sarah Pocock

  The State of the World’s Trees shows that one-third of tree species are threatened with extinction. Although this news shows the significance of the global challenge, successful GTC projects from the past 20 years demonstrate that we can effectively protect and conserve threatened tree species. Now is the time for global action. In Securing…

New report reveals one third of tree species threatened with extinction

Posted on by Sarah Pocock

  In a new report published today, the State of the World’s Trees shows that 30% of all tree species – more than 17,500 species – are threatened with extinction. That is more than double the total number of globally threatened mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.  Individual tree species play numerous economic, ecological and cultural…

Educating the next generation of tree conservationists in Central Asia

Posted on by Sarah Pocock

  The fruit & nut forests of Central Asia are the origin of many of our favourite foods – the wild ancestors of apples, walnuts, apricots, almonds and more grow in these remote landscapes. But habitat loss and degradation threaten the future of these important species, many of which are at risk of extinction. Fauna…

Saint Lucia botanist crowned as Disney Conservation Hero

Posted on by Sarah Pocock

  Every year, the Disney Conservation Fund select a handful of Conservation Heroes from around the world to highlight the conservation efforts of local citizens and their actions to save wildlife, protect habitats, and inspire communities to engage in conservation. Since 2004, Disney has honoured more than 160 Conservation Heroes from around the world, with each…

Targeting tree species within ecosystem restoration

Posted on by Sarah Pocock

  Around half of the world’s forests have been lost or are degraded, resulting in loss of biodiversity and essential ecosystem services such as water regulation and food production. Ecosystem restoration can help to restore these vital elements, but it is important that we look at the how, not just the why, when we talk…

Championing the women working with GTC

Posted on by Sarah Pocock

  Every year, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate the achievements made by women globally. We caught up with eight women from around the world working tirelessly with the Global Trees Campaign (GTC) to find out more about what motivates them to conserve threatened trees and what they believe is most important to ensure these…

World Soil Day: Digging plant conservation

Posted on by Alex Hudson

  On this World Soil Day, it’s a great time to remember that the soil is incredibly important to plants for their survival and growth. It is the source of the water needed to photosynthesise carbohydrates and the nutrients needed to build cells for growth and reproduction. Soil composition affects both water and nutrient availability.…

How to supply the demand for trees

Posted on by Alex Hudson

  When I read about the Bonn Challenge, I was excited by the scale of what it sets out to achieve – to restore 350 million hectares of degraded land by 2030 – AND by the way it seeks to do it – to restore landscapes’ ecological functionality and the well-being benefits they provide to…

Evolution and discovery on the Isle of Arran

Posted on by Robbie Blackhall-Miles

  Earlier this year a trip to the Scottish Isle of Arran to see its endemic Sorbus species led to an exciting discovery. We have 38 endemic Sorbus species, some would consider them microspecies, here in the British Isles. All but two of them were recently assessed, as part of the European Red List of…

Maples turning red – one in five threatened with extinction in the wild. Concerted conservation efforts will prevent their extinction

Posted on by Dan Crowley

  ‘The Red List of Acer: revised and extended’, published in September 2020 by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), gives the conservation status of all 158 maple or Acer species. Maples (scientific name Acer) are iconic trees. They are hugely popular as ornamentals in parks, gardens and open spaces, with varied shapes and attractive leaf…

Evaluating forest management in the Pamirs

Posted on by Fred Pilkington

  It was spring 2017. I was in the middle of my master’s programme and was rapidly running out of time to find the perfect thesis research project. My ideas had ranged from the unrealistic—a canopy camera trapping project in Ecuador, to the extreme—abseiling down Saint Lucia’s Petit Piton mountain to investigate a threatened juniper…

Hope for baobab on the brink as thousands of trees are planted in Madagascar

Posted on by Sarah Pocock

  Even giant trees begin their life as humble seeds. Seeds – perfectly adapted packages containing all the requirements to kick-start a plant’s journey in the world – can be fussy. Although many will simply spring to life days after being sown, others are not so cooperative. For some species, including the critically endangered Perrier’s…