Approximately 30 percent of the world’s tree species are on the verge of getting extinct. These 30 Percents include species such as oaks, magnolias, and tropical timber trees, etc.
According to the State of the World’s Trees report:
17,500 species of trees are under the threat of getting extinct. This number is double the number of threatened mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptile species combined.
Moreover, some of the species are about to end. 440 species of trees are left with less than 50 individuals in the wild. According to BGCI Secretary-General Paul Smith, the report is a wake-up call for people around the world to help the trees.
He also said that every tree species matters to the millions of other species which depend upon trees,. Trees are important for people all over the world.
Trees are facing several risks such as Clearance of crops for production purposes, logging, livestock grazing or farming, clearing or cutting of trees for development, and fire.
The extinction of a single tree species can lead to the loss of many others. In the top five countries for tree diversity, thousands of trees are at risk as per the report.
In Brazil which is one of the five countries, the highest number of species are at risk that is 1,788 species. Rising seas and severe weather put approximately 180 species in danger. Especially the species found in islands such as magnolias in the Caribbean.
” Approximately 60000 species are in the world and for the very first time the experts have the list of the species that are urgently needed to be saved, their location, and what is the greatest risk they have.”, said Dr. Malin Rivers, of the charity Botanic Gardens Conservation International. He also said that the report will help in laying out a road map.
That will organize all the people who could help in the conservation of the trees. This will ensure that tree conservation is a high priority in conservation agendas.