Endangered trees in Cuba

Endangered trees in Cuba

Protecting endangered trees in Cuba

Organization: Planta!
2018/2019

The Cuban flora includes 1,352 native trees (BGCI, 2017), 468 of them are endemic to the country. Many species of trees are threatened, and of the Cuban endemic plants that are already extinct, 25% are trees (Gonzalez-Torres et al., 2016). Another 173 Cuban trees, 46% of all tree species assessed to date, are threatened by extinction (91 Critically Endangered, 53 Endangered and 29 Vulnerable). The most common threats to these species are logging, habitat fragmentation, biological invasions, and agriculture.
The goal of this project is to preserve and recover the populations of threatened trees of Cuba with the participation of local communities. The organization « Planta! » works hand in hand with communities from the step of documenting the conservation situation of trees, through identifying recovery objectives and planning recovery actions, to the stage of implementing these measures and monitoring their effectiveness until we secure the effective recovery of the threatened species.