Tree ferns are a distinctive group of ferns that grow with a tall trunk and look like a tree. They are considered pre-date dinosaur species and hold a long historical importance but most of them are threatened across the world due to ornamental trade. The Himalayan country, Nepal has recorded six tree fern species in the wild and are listed in the CITES Appendix II. Tree ferns in Nepal remain a mystery, as very few studies have been carried out regarding their biology, ecology, population status, and potential threats. There is little evidence on its status and is considered to be under serious threat from rampant harvest and exploitation. This project aims to document the tree ferns in Gaurishankar Conservation Area and help local communities and officials to protect them in the wild. This project uses the Focused and Intuitive Controlled Survey method for habitat information collection, which is an effective and widely recognized tool for tracking threatened trees. The study will also explore key threats, historical abundance, local harvest, ethnobotanical uses, and local communities’ perceptions of the species. This will serve as important knowledge for species’ long-term conservation planning and will help researchers, conservation officials, and local governments replicate ideas for conserving species of similar nature.

Partner: Ruffrod Foundation

Duration: 2024-2025

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