Conifer In-situ Conservation
- The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) aims for at least 15% of each vegetation type/ ecological region to be conserved
- at least 75% of threatened plant species conserved in situ
Conifer in-situ conservation involves the conservation and preservation of both large and small large tracts of forests and other appropriate conifer habitats through the establishment of international, national, local and private protected/managed areas.
We have undertaken fieldwork in more than 50 countries worldwide documenting populations of threatened conifers and describing new taxa, identifying suitable areas for protection and initiating restoration of degraded forests and depleted populations.
Key achievements include:
- the establishment of a 1200 ha private reserve (Reserva Nasampulli) conserving primary Araucaria forest in Chile in collaboration with Rainforest Concern
- the first restoration programme for Mai Hing Sam (Glyptostrobus pensilis) in Lao PDR in collaboration with the University of San Francisco, the Nakai Nam Theun Watershed Management Protection Authority and the Nam Theun Power Company
Our work supports in-situ conservation through the identification and establishment of new protected areas, and through field surveys, inventory and monitoring in existing protected areas.