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Written by: David Gill
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Trees are the cornerstones of many ecosystems; the building blocks on which millions of other plants and animals rely. They stabilise soils, regulate water cycles, provide us with a wealth of products and, of course, store carbon. Trees are quite simply a fundamental part of life.

Yet over 8,000 tree species are threatened with extinction. Of even greater concern, more than 1,150 species are listed as critically endangered – likely to go extinct unless urgent action is taken now to save them.

The Global Trees Campaign, a joint initiative between Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) is the only international campaign dedicated to conserving threatened trees. It exists to secure the future of the world’s threatened tree species and their benefits for humans and the wider environment.

The Global Trees Campaign is the advocate and voice for threatened trees, both catalysing others to take action and directly supporting threatened tree conservation. We work in three ways:

1. Directly supporting threatened tree projects

We provide direct support to a range of projects focusing on the conservation of some of the world’s most threatened tree species.  We currently support projects in ten countries, focusing on a variety of species that reflect the wide array of cultural, economic and ecological values of trees. Threatened trees that we are currently working to conserve include:

  • Grandidier’s baobab in Madagascar, an amazing bat pollinated ‘upside down’ tree, used by local people for food, to make rope and even to build houses
  • Rare wild apples in the highly threatened fruit and nut forests of Kyrgyzstan
  • The Lansan tree of Saint Lucia, which produces a valuable resin used to make incense
  • The largest rhododendron species in the world, the remarkable Big Tree rhododendron in China

For a full list of our projects please visit the Global Trees Campaign website

2. Helping others to conserve threatened trees

We actively help local partners around the world to develop projects to take action for their own threatened trees. For example, we are providing training to protected area staff in China and Kyrgyzstan on the best ways to identify and conserve trees.  In 2014 we are launching a series of technical briefs that allow local partners and communities to protect trees themselves.

3. Encouraging others to consider threatened trees

A great variety of organisations have the potential to help conserve threatened trees – we aim to help such groups to recognise the value of protecting threatened tree species, and advise them how this could be integrated into their existing activities.  In Indonesia and Brazil we are bringing together experts in the propagation of rare trees with organisations carrying out large-scale tree planting to multiply the impacts of our work.

For more information about our work please visit our website www.globaltrees.org, become a fan of Global Trees Campaign page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Written by
David Gill

Dave joined Fauna & Flora International (FFI) as Programme Officer in the Conservation Science team in 2012. He has a BSc in Zoology and a MSc in Conservation Science. Before joining FFI, he gained much of his experience in the tropics, working on a range of conservation projects - from investigating the diversity of the amphibians found in Paraguay’s San Rafael National Park to working with local communities in Equatorial Guinea to study the causes and effects of subsistence and commercial hunting. In his current role, Dave provides support for a number of projects run by the Global Trees Campaign – a partnership between FFI and Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

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Over 8,000 tree species are threatened with extinction. Of even greater concern, over 1,150 species are listed as Critically Endangered – likely to go extinct unless urgent action is taken to save them.

David Gill

Programme Officer
Global Trees Programme

The Global Trees Campaign, a joint initiative between Fauna & Flora International and Botanic Gardens Conservation International, is the only international campaign working dedicated to conserving threatened trees. It exists to secure the future of the world’s threatened tree species and their benefits for humans and the wider environment.

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