Europe: Over half of the endemic plant species at risk of extinction

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) set alarm bells ringing about the worrying condition of Europe’s endemic trees. More than 50% of the species which can only be found in Europe trees are at risk of dying out.

The main factors leading to this threat of extinction are namely fungal diseases, pests and human activities.

“It is alarming that over half of Europe’s endemic tree species are now threatened with extinction. Trees are essential for life on earth, and European trees in all their diversity are a source of food and shelter for countless animal species such as birds and squirrels, and play a key economic role,” declared the head of the IUCN Red List Unit, Craig Hilton-Taylor.

“It is alarming that over half of Europe’s endemic tree species are now threatened with extinction. Trees are essential for life on earth, and European trees in all their diversity are a source of food and shelter for countless animal species such as birds and squirrels, and play a key economic role,” declared the head of the IUCN Red List Unit, Craig Hilton-Taylor.

For his part, the director of IUCN’s European Regional Office added that, “This report has shown how dire the situation is for many overlooked, undervalued species that form the backbone of Europe’s ecosystems and contribute to a healthy planet. We need to mitigate human impact on our ecosystems and prioritise the protection of these species.”

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