Pyrenaria cherrapunjeana

Where is this tree found?

Only discovered in 2016 from the sacred forests of the Khasi Hills in North East India. It grows in dense subtropical forest in one of the wettest places on Earth. These scared forests of the region are traditionally protected by local people and act as a lifeline for several threatened tree species.

Why save this tree?

Erosion of traditional values has resulted in many sacred forests becoming degraded. Forest fires, cutting of trees for firewood, mining and construction of roads are rapidly contributing to the destruction of its habitat and the loss of the last remaining individuals.

This species has an attractive canopy and beautiful aromatic flowers which could be used for ornamental purposes. The leaves may also be suitable to be used as a tea, scientific research is however needed to confirm this.

How to save this species

A key component of this project will be to establish a conservation consortium, bringing together community-based indigenous organisations who are responsible for the management of the species’ habitat, and conservation researchers who hold the technical expertise to save the species.

Through this collaboration, community-friendly methods to counter threats will be developed and awareness of the ecological and economic importance of conserving the species will be raised through a number of activities.

A propagation and reintroduction programme will also be implemented through the consortium.

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Establishment of a conservation consortium

Bringing together key stakeholders to save the species

Identification of reintroduction sites

Reintroduction sites will be mapped through ecological niche modelling

Botanical surveys

Ensure unknown individuals are discovered

Propagation and reintroduction

Large scale propagation and planting of the species within suitable natural habitat

Establishment of conservation collections

Representative conservation collections will be established within botanic gardens in India

Capacity building activities

Building community capacity for the conservation through education, awareness and training

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