Trees help support the natural ecosystem and are considered vital for combating global warming and climate change
. The extinction of a single tree species could prompt the loss of many others
“Every tree species matters — to the millions of other species that depend on trees, and to people all over the world,” Smith added.
Thousands of varieties of trees in the world’s top six countries for tree-species diversity are at risk of extinction the report found. The greatest single number is in Brazil, どこ 1,788 species are at risk.
The other five countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, 中国, Colombia and Venezuela.
The top three threats facing tree species are crop production, timber logging and livestock farming, レポートは言った, while climate change and extreme weather are emerging threats.
少なくとも 180 tree species are directly threatened by rising seas and severe weather, レポートは言った, especially island species such as magnolias in the Caribbean.
Though megadiverse countries see the greatest numbers of varieties at risk of extinction, island tree species are more proportionally at risk.
“This is particularly concerning because many islands have species of trees that can be found nowhere else,” the report added.