Securing a future for the world’s threatened trees through species recovery and ecological restoration programmes

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Kirsty Shaw

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At least 16% of the world’s 60,000 tree species are globally threatened with extinction. Ecological restoration programmes present an opportunity to conserve these species in the landscape, but many practitioners are lacking the skills and knowledge to do so. The Global Trees Campaign (GTC) is a joint initiative between Botanic Gardens Conservation International and Fauna & Flora International to secure a future for the world’s threatened tree species in situ for the benefit of people and wildlife. GTC delivers targeted conservation action for the tree species most at risk of extinction. Through the Global Tree Assessment, which will provide conservation assessments for all of the world’s tree species by the end of 2020, we are producing peer-reviewed maps for all assessed species and a conservation tracking tool for single-country endemics. These tools will be presented, enabling practitioners to identify and prioritise threatened tree species to include in restoration programmes. Case studies of restoration programmes that incorporate threatened trees will be shared as models of best practice. A portfolio of GTC projects that are restoring populations of tree species on the edge of extinction will be shared, providing guidance on delivering targeted species recovery actions. GTC cannot single-handedly secure a future for the world’s >10,000 threatened trees but mobilising the restoration community to take action will have a big impact on species conservation.

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