The report, “State of the World’s Trees,” revealed that species ranging from well-known oaks and magnolias to tropical timber trees are at risk.
It was reported that at least 30 percent of the 60 thousand tree species known in the world are in danger of extinction. Experts state that 17,500 tree species are at risk. That’s double the total number of threatened mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles.
Around 142 species have already disappeared from the wild, while 442 species are said to be on the verge of extinction with fewer than 50 trees.
The biggest threats to trees around the world were cited as deforestation and fires for farmland, grazing or farming.
Climate change, harsh weather and sea level rise were also counted among the growing threats to the future of tree species.
Experts, who stated that conservation actions are hope for the future, protect existing forests and expand protected areas, keep threatened species in botanical gardens or seed banks in the hope that they can one day be returned to nature, and provide training on scientific reforestation plans, including rare and endangered species. and to increase funds for the protection of trees.
Scientists estimate that one million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction.
Over the past 300 years, global forest areas have decreased by about 40 percent, while 29 countries have lost more than 90 percent of their forest areas.
. (HAS) is published on the Anadolu Agency website, in summary. ..