The Kurdistan Botanical Foundation (KBF) at AUIS, has taken crucial steps to preserve a rare oak tree species, Quercus macranthera, also known as the Caucasian oak, which is teetering on the edge of extinction in the region.
The endangered oak tree, found in Hassan Beg mountain in Soran, Erbil province, has been the focus of conservation efforts by the KBF, who raised awareness about its precarious situation. With only a few of these trees remaining on the mountain, the importance of preserving the species cannot be overstated.
“There are some specific duties we have to do and the first thing is to isolate certain trees so we can save the seeds, we will also put warning signs on the trees to tell the local people that this species is rare,” said Saman Abdulrahman, Director of the Kurdistan Botanical Foundation, during an interview with Rudaw.
The region has five species of oak trees, accounting for approximately 90% of the forests. In response to the critical situation, fences were installed around the endangered trees, and warning signs were prominently displayed. The government has also taken up the responsibility of protecting these oak trees from any further threat of illegal logging or deforestation.
The Kurdistan Botanical Foundation and AUIS are determined to continue their collaborative efforts to ensure the survival and proliferation of this rare oak tree, setting a commendable example for environmental stewardship and biodiversity conservation in the Kurdistan Region.