The State of the World’s Trees reveals that one-third of tree species are threatened with extinction. Although this news underlines the magnitude of the global challenge, successful Global Trees Campaign (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 a Future for the World’s Threatened Trees – A Global Challenge, launched today by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) as part of the GTC, we are calling for a global scaling-up of conservation action to safeguard the world’s threatened trees.
Although the State of the World’s Trees shows the scale of the challenge facing tree species globally, the information now available in the report and on the GlobalTree Portal – a valuable new tool resulting from the Global Tree Assessment – can be used to guide and plan tree conservation action. It shows us which tree species most need our help, the threats they face and which countries have a high number of threatened trees.
GTC has been focused on in situ conservation of threatened trees over the past two decades, working to conserve over 400 species in more than 50 countries with a wide range of partner organisations. Our work shows that we can reduce threats to trees and conserve them effectively.
Securing a Future for the World’s Threatened Trees – A Global Challenge sets out tried-and-tested approaches from across the GTC partnership. In this report, GTC aims to share examples of effective tree conservation with land managers, the corporate sector, governments, conservation organisations, tree-planting and restoration practitioners and the research community in order to grow the global tree conservation taskforce.
Included in the report are case studies from across the world to demonstrate the success of a range of practical approaches. These include: on-the-ground survey work that led to the rediscovery of species previously thought to be extinct in Peru and East Africa; threat-reduction actions to protect wild trees and promote natural regeneration in Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan; targeted capacity building that enabled the development of community nurseries in Bhutan and more effective conservation action in China; and mobilisation of groups to catalyse new action across the world.