Baobabs and Climate change?!

In this days some articles talk about the death of a few very old Baobab trees in southern Africa. This was first published in in the journal Nature Plants in June 2018.

This article makes a speculative link between the death a few very old baobab trees in southern Africa and climate change. Unfortunately this article is often false interpreted. It gives the impression that Baobabs as a whole are threatened.

It is always saddened to hear that old individual trees, like this 5 Baobabs, have collapsed or died, but it should not be interpreted to mean that Baobabs as a whole are endangered.

Baobabs are highly adaptable and widespread trees that occurs in a range of different habitats and climatic zones across the continent. Several studies have concluded that baobab populations are healthy. Baobab trees cover the savannas and drier regions of Africa and, contrary to oaks, they are not listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Of course climate change is real and has negative impacts around the world but this does not in itself imply that the Baobab population in Africa is under threat. Like all vegetation worldwide the trees are potentially threatened by climate change. However, the threat is no lesser or greater than for other trees.

Climate change has negative impacts for the humans too. The best way to protect rural people and African trees is to give the communities economic incentives by creating jobs and buying their harvests. Then a sustainable management and a long term conservation of the trees is assured.

The Baobab population is healthy and sustainable. The consum of Baobab fruits is the most important way to protect the trees.