IITA Forest Center awarded Global Botanic Garden Fund for tree conservation
The Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) awarded a grant to the IITA Forest Center, Ibadan, to enrich its Tree Heritage Park (THP) with rare and threatened native trees in 2022. According to the donor, “The BGCI Global Botanic Garden Fund is disbursed to eligible small botanic gardens in developing countries and biodiversity hotspots, that are committed to conserving different plant species, especially those that are rare and threatened.”
From 2015 to 2017, the IITA Forest Center partnered with BGCI to implement a project titled “Prioritising and protecting Nigeria’s most threatened trees: conservation, propagation, and ex-situ cultivation of endangered indigenous tree species.” The project, funded by the Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, recorded remarkable successes in compiling a list of priority Nigerian trees based on current conservation assessments, selecting four threatened Nigerian trees. It also developed propagation protocols, ex-situ conservation of priority species in the THP, and built the capacity of resource persons.