Scientists who revealed ⅓ of tree species are facing extinction call on leaders to do more to protect threatened species, as new research reveals the impact of extinction on humanity and planet
Today (1/9) a new paper by leading scientists and the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) reveals the severe impact that tree species extinction will have on other species, ecosystems and livelihoods. This comes exactly one year on from the landmark State of the World’s Trees report, which examined global tree species and found that a third of the world’s tree species (17,510) are currently at risk of extinction.
A year on from the findings, scientists from IUCN SSC Global Tree Specialist Group and BGCI have today issued a “warning to humanity” to raise awareness of the tree species extinction crisis, which is a major environmental issue. The call to action, which comes months ahead of the Kunming Biodiversity Conference 2022 where leaders will meet to discuss biodiversity decline, highlights the urgent need for tree species conservation and identifies key priority actions for Governments.
This new scientists’ warning to humanity from BGCI and IUCN SSC Global Tree Specialist Group aims to raise awareness of the tree extinction crisis and to provide a catalyst for policymakers and conservation experts to take action.
The paper puts forward seven urgent actions for policymakers and experts to avert the ecological, cultural and socio-economic catastrophe caused by widespread extinction of tree species
Read the paper: Rivers, M., Newton, A. C., Oldfield, S., & (2022). Scientists' warning to humanity on tree extinctions. Plants, People, Planet, 1– 17. doi.org/10.1002/ppp3.10314
Posted On: 02/09/2022