Vatica elliptica

Where is this tree found?

Known locally as kaladis narig, it was first collected in 1915 in the forests of Zamboanga Sibugay, a province in the Philippines’ southern island of Mindanao. After considerable searching, it was rediscovered after 99 years in Calades village, which bears the same name as the species.

Why save this tree?

Calades village was named after the tree, which once grew abundantly in the surrounding area. It was a key resource for constructing houses in the village in the past as its timber is strong and durable. The extinction of this species would be a significant loss of cultural identity for local people.

Only 11 individuals are left in one unprotected location. Without immediate conservation action, this species is at risk of being lost forever.

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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