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We list here associations and networks that may be relevant to your work. There is a short description of the aims of each association or network, and of any specific initiatives that may be of potential relevance. The contact name is the person who is most directly concerned with forest reproductive material. If you can't find the association or network, it may be grouped under ORGANISATIONS.

7.2.1 Association of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA)

The Association of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA) is an organization comprised of member laboratories which are staffed by certified seed analysts. Such seed testing facilities include official state, federal, and university seed laboratories across the United States and Canada.

Membership is also extended to allied laboratories (those of government agencies and institutions outside the United States and Canada), affiliate members (those individuals employed in member laboratories), associate members (individuals not assigned to a member laboratory but contribute in a supportive role), and honourary members (those who have distinguished themselves in contributions to the Association and /or industry).

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A useful publication providing information on agroforestry

P.O. Box 428
Holualoa, Hawaii 96725 USA
Tel: 808324-4427
Fax: 808324-4129

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7.2.3 International Poplar Commission (IPC)

The IPC, founded in 1947, is one of the statutory bodies of FAO. Notwithstanding its name, the mandate of the commission covers willows as well as poplars, both members of the family Salicaceae.

The functions of the IPC are to study the scientific, technical, social and economic aspects of poplar and willow cultivation; to promote the exchange of ideas and material among research workers, producers and users; to arrange joint research programmes; to stimulate the organization of congresses and study tours; to report and make recommendations to the Conference of FAO; and to make recommendations to national poplar commissions through appropriate channels.

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7.2.4 SADC Tree Seed Centre Network Project

In 1983, the International Development and Research Centre (IDRC) joined forces with Zimbabwe's Forest Research Centre to establish a Regional Seed Centre (RSC) in an effort to meet the tree seed needs of countries in the region. Before this project, the country's existing seed centre was distributing pine and eucalypt seed mainly to South Africa and countries in South America. Today, Zimbabwe's RSC is a leading international supplier of genetically improved and tested germplasm, with some 50% of its trade with countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Since 1989, the Centre has sent seeds for research purposes to 20 African countries and another 18 countries around the world. In 1992, it joined the CIDA-funded SADC Tree Seed Centre Network, and now serves as a model seed centre for the SADC region.

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7.2.5 Nitrogen Fixing Tree Association

See Forest, Farming and Community Tree Network below

7.2.6 Forest, Farming and Community Tree Network (FACT Net)

FACT Net was an international network of community groups, development workers, tree breeders, researchers, students, and farmers. These 2,000 partners in 100 countries shared an interest in the use of multipurpose trees to improve the soil, protect the environment, and enhance the well-being of farm families and other land users. Through extension, communications, and research, FACT Net provided the skills and resources needed to introduce, improve, and manage multipurpose trees successfully.

FACT Net was created in 1995 with the assimilation of the Nitrogen Fixing Tree Association (NFTA) into Winrock International’s Forestry and Natural Resource Management Program. For over 15 years, NFTA provided the skills and resources necessary to use nitrogen fixing trees for sustainable agriculture and environmental protection to thousands of people worldwide.

FACT Net closed in 1999 after operating for almost 20 years as a successful international network. Winrock International's Forestry and Natural Resource Management Program maintains this web publication as an on-line resource. FACT Net publications may be ordered from Winrock International

Winrock International
Forest, Farm, and Community Tree Network (FACT Net)
38 Winrock Drive
Morrilton, Arkansas 72110-9370 USA
Tel: (501) 727-5435
Fax: (501) 727-5417

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FACT sheets on multipurpose trees

7.2.7 Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

The Forest Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organization based in Oaxaca, Mexico, founded in 1993 to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.

It is an association of Members consisting of a diverse group of representatives from environmental and social groups, the timber trade and the forestry profession, indigenous people's organizations, community forestry groups and forest product certification organizations from around the world. Membership is open to all who are involved in forestry or forest products and share its aims and objectives

The Forest Stewardship Council is introducing an international labeling scheme for forest products, which provides a credible guarantee that the product comes from a well-managed forest. All forest products carrying our logo have been independently certified as coming from forests that meet the internationally recognized FSC Principles and Criteria of Forest Stewardship. In this way FSC provides an incentive in the market place for good forest stewardship. The forest inspections are carried out by a number of FSC accredited certification bodies, which are evaluated and monitored to ensure their competence and credibility.

FSC also supports the development of national and local standards that implement the international Principles and Criteria of Forest Stewardship at the local level. These standards are developed by national and regional working groups, which work to achieve consensus amongst the wide range of people and organizations involved in forest management and conservation in each part of the world. FSC has developed Guidelines for developing regional certification standards to guide working groups in this process

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7.2.8 International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)

INBAR is an international organization established by treaty in November 1997, dedicated to improving the social, economic, and environmental benefits of bamboo and rattan. INBAR connects a global network of partners from the government, private, and not-for-profit sectors in over 50 countries to define and implement a global agenda for sustainable development through bamboo and rattan

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7.2.9 International Neem Network (INN)

The INN was established in 1994. National institutions of 23 countries, in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe, have taken part in the Network's activities, under the overall coordination of FAO's Forestry Department. The Network focuses its work on exploring and evaluating the genetic diversity of the neem tree.

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7.2.10 International Network for Leucaena Research and Development (LEUCNET)

LEUCNET is an informal network of scientists, extensionists and tree growers who share a common interest in improving the productivity and utility of leucaena. The general objective of LEUCNET is to provide a structure to enhance collaboration and communication between scientific and extension groups working on research, development and promotion of leucaena for the benefit of rural communities around the world. The network does not have funds of its own and will not direct the research endeavours of its members. Its main purpose will be to stimulate research programmes and facilitate cooperation among groups and individuals in the network.

The specific objectives of LEUCNET are to:

Provide a cooperative network structure to more effectively integrate the efforts of the many individuals and groups around the world working on aspects of leucaena R & D.

•Foster cooperative research projects within the LEUCNET framework that exploit the lesser-known species and hybrids of leucaena.

Ensure more efficient use of decreasing resources for leucaena improvement.

Provide a structure for ensuring the flow of outputs from research projects to the end-user; the farmer.

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7.2.11 International Seed Testing Association (ISTA)


7.2.12 TEAKNET

The objective of this network is to strengthen interaction among all those concerned with conservation and sustainable management of teak-bearing forests and plantations through sharing of information and promoting collaborative efforts to deal with common problems.

TEAKNET Secretariat
Forest Department, Ministry of Forestry
Bayintnaung Road
West Gyogone, Yangon 11011, Myanmar
Tel: 951-63413
Fax: 951-64336

7.2.13 Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA)

HDRA is Europe's largest organic membership organisation, and dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food. HDRA's International Programme carries out research and advisory work with organisations across the tropics to develop and promote organic practices of benefit to small, scale farmers. HDRA's Third World Organic Support Group helps to fund this work. Research activities focus on sustainable agriculture and agroforestry systems in developing countries, working with rural, urban and peri-urban farming systems. HDRA has links in many countries including India, Brazil, Cape Verde, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia and the West Indies.

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