Hopea foxworthyi

Where is this tree found?

This large tree only grows on Sibuyan Island in the Philippines. It is found in primary lowland forest, particularly on red sticky volcanic soil.

Sibuyan Island has remained isolated from the rest of the world since its formation and is known as the Galápagos of Asia due to its rich biodiversity of flora and fauna.

Why save this tree?

It is a narrow endemic and culturally significant as the wood was the primary material used to build the traditional houses on Sibuyan Island.

There are thought to be only approximately 5,100 individuals left in the wild. Unregulated logging is a problem on the island and contributes to the decline in the species.

How to save this species

Building local knowledge is important for the long-term conservation of this species. Local communities will be equipped with the skills to grow the species in community nurseries. Selling saplings will also provide an additional source of income.

Working with local authorities, local ordinances for the protection of the species will be prepared. Natural populations will also be increased through reinforcement planting and facilitating natural regeneration.

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Botanical exploration

Population surveys will identify previously unrecorded individuals

Capacity building activities

Increasing the appreciation and knowledge of local communities on the importance of the species will empower them to initiate local actions for their long-term conservation

Reinforcement of the species

Growing seedlings in a local community nursery and planting saplings to reinforce wild populations

Improvement of habitat protection

Working with Local Government Units to prepare local ordinances for the protection of the species

Establishment of conservation collections in the Philippines

Working with botanic gardens in the Philippines to establish ex situ conservation collections

Increasing public awareness

Produce education materials such as interpretation signs, posters, social media content and pictorial guides to improve public knowledge of the species

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