The Conservation group says the number of threatened species is twice the number of endangered animals, birds, amphibians and reptiles together.
About one third of the world’s trees are at risk of extinction, while hundreds are on the verge of extinction, according to a new report.
The sign learning, published by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) on Wednesday, said nearly 17,500 tree species – or 30% of all trees – are at high risk, while 440 species have at least 50 species left in the wild.
The estimated number of endangered species is twice as high as endangered species of birds, birds, amphibians and reptiles combined, the report said.
“The report is a wake-up call for people around the world that the trees need help,” BGCI Secretary-General Paul Smith said in a statement.
Among the most endangered species are species including magnolias and dipterocarps – which are found mainly in the forests of Southeast Asia. Oak trees, maple and ebison trees also face threats, the report said.
Trees support the environment and are known to be important in dealing with global warming and climate change. The demise of just one tree could result in the extinction of many trees.
“All types of trees are important – for millions of other species that depend on trees, as well as for people all over the world,” Smith said.
Thousands of trees in six global species of various species are at risk of losing the report. The largest number in Brazil, where 1,788 species are at risk.
The other five countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Colombia and Venezuela.
The three threats to tree species facing crop production, deforestation and animal husbandry, the report said, as climate change and extreme weather threaten.
At least 180 trees are directly threatened by rising sea and extreme weather, the report said, especially island species such as the magnolias in the Caribbean.
Although the superpowers see the world’s largest endangered species, the island tree species are at high risk.
“This is mainly because many islands have a variety of trees that cannot be found anywhere else,” the report added.