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In collaboration with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Forest Unit in Ibadan, Nigeria, BGCI ran a project to prioritise and protect the most threatened Nigerian trees from extinction. Nigeria has one of the fastest deforestation rates in the world. This project involved gathering information to update IUCN Red List assessments to highlight the extinction risk facing Nigeria's trees and carried out immediate conservation measures for priority tree species. Conservation measures included seed collection and initiation of propagation programmes, including for Cola nigerica.

As part of the project, BGCI and IITA Forest Unit ran a workshop for 22 participants on techniques for tree conservation. Training was delivered by BGCI, Deni Bown and Kunle Olasupo from IITA Forest Unit and Adam Harrower from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, South Africa.

Find out more about this project on the Global Trees Campaign website.

IITA Forest Unit team meeting with the Ekiti Tree Growers Association, a local partner

BGCI is grateful to the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund for supporting this project.

If you are interested in collaboration or supporting this project please get in touch.