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Securing ex situ collections of Critically Endangered and Endangered Conifers
Send your conifer collection details to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th October 2012 to ensure your institution's collection is included in this important survey!
Why action is needed
A half of the world’s conifers are threatened with extinction in the wild. The current IUCN Red List identifies 379 conifers as being in danger of extinction, out of a global total of 728 assessed conifers.
Of the 379 conifers at risk, 109 conifers are considered to be at most immediate risk of being lost if no action to conserve them is taken (Critically Endangered and Endangered).
Some of these are reduced to a handful of individuals in the wild and it would be a tragedy if such key species are needlessly lost. As an immediate priority, it is clearly important that all Critically Endangered (CR) and Endangered (EN) taxa are represented in well-managed ex situ collections as an insurance policy for the future and in support of Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. At the same time habitat protection and restoration should be reviewed and mechanisms put in place for local people to be involved in and benefit from the in situ conservation and management of these important species.
BGCI surveyBGCI is now undertaking a comprehensive survey of ex situ collections of conifers building on information held within our PlantSearch Database. The survey will enable us to identify precisely which Critically Endangered (CR) and Endangered (EN) conifers are currently held in ex situ collections, what is known about their cultivation and what related conservation activities are currently taking place. From this information, we will be able to identify the gaps and the opportunities in order to develop a prioritised plan for the long term integrated conservation of the most threatened conifers.
How you can help
We would be very grateful for your help with this survey. For each conifer in your collection, we would ideally like to know:
You can also help by:
Please send your collection information to email@example.com by 30th October 2012 to ensure your institution's collection is included in this important survey.
If you think that you can help, or have any questions about the survey, or know of any important collections of conifers, then we would very much like to hear from you. The location of specific taxa will not be made public.
BGCI will publish a report on ex situ conservation of conifers based on the results of this survey later in 2012. All information sources and completed surveys will be duly acknowledged.
Following the publication of the report, we will work with Fauna & Flora International under the umbrella of the Global Trees Campaign (www.globaltrees.org) to initiate integrated measures to restore wild populations of selected species and strengthen ex situ collections.
Please send your conifer collection details, or any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org