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Experts meet to discuss tree conservation and restoration

21 October 2015

This week The Morton Arboretum is hosting the 3rd meeting of Global Tree Specialist Group.

The Global Tree Specialist Group (GTSG) is a global network of experts who, working in their own regions and institutions, contribute to the conservation of threatened trees. Currently, the group has over 70 experts with botanic gardens, herbaria, universities, governmental and non-governmental organisations represented.

The aims of the GTSG are:
•    To promote and implement global Red Listing for trees
•    To act in an advisory capacity to the Global Trees Campaign

The 3rd meeting of Global Tree Specialist Group will report on progress of tree Red Listing – including Oaks, Camellias, Ebonies and other groups.  A major focus of the meeting will be to plan for the Global Tree Assessment. The Global Tree Assessment is an ambitious initiative that aims to have conservation assessments for all the world’s tree species by 2020.

The GTSG is one of over 100 IUCN/SSC Specialist Groups and Red List Authorities that all part of a science-based network of experts that work towards the conservation of biodiversity. (The full list can be seen here: Specialist Group Directory)

The Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens (ERA) meets at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.

The Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens (ERA) is a global consortium of botanic gardens actively engaged in ecological restoration. ERA currently has 20 member gardens across six continents working on a portfolio of long-term restoration projects. On Thursday 22nd October members are meeting at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh to finalise targets for our five year strategy, aligning with the UN target to restore 15 percent of the world’s degraded ecosystems by 2020.  The ERA aims to mobilize and support botanic gardens to utilise their plant collections and expertise to carry out science-based ecological restoration. Over the coming years, ERA will build restoration capacity by developing training resources and running training courses for botanic gardens and other stakeholders. ERA will also add new long-term exemplar restoration projects to our existing portfolio.

ERA is coordinated by BGCI. To find out more about ERA and our projects please visit our website:

We are building a directory of restoration expertise in botanic gardens. If your garden is leading an ecological restoration project, is involved in restoration research, has expertise in species recovery or plant rescue, or is interested in joining ERA, we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch: 

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