The Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources

The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), at its Eleventh Regular Session, emphasized the importance of forest genetic resources for food security, poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability; and underscored the comparative advantages and importance of FAO`s work in this area. The Commission stressed the urgency for addressing the conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources through sustainable forest management, especially those resources that are under threat at the global level. It recognized that the lack of information is limiting the capacity of decision-makers in determining the action needed on forest genetic resources at the international, regional and local levels.

In adopting its Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPOW), the Commission approved the inclusion of forest genetic resources, and adopted as a major milestone for its Fourteenth Regular Session, the presentation of first report on The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources.

The Commission established a subsidiary Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources (ITWG-FGR) at its Twelfth Regular Session in 2009, to review the situation and technical issues related to biodiversity in the area of FGR, and advise and make recommendations to the Commission on these matters. The Working Group shall also consider the progress made in implementing the Commission’s programme of work on FGR as well as any other matters referred by the Commission. The terms of reference and activities of the Working Group are described in its Statutes adopted by the CGRFA. The Secretariat of the Working Group lies with the Forest Assessment, Management and Conservation Division in FAO Headquarters.


Photo: Giulio NapolitanoThe Working Group is composed by twenty-seven Member Nations from seven Regions, which are elected during each regular session of the CGRFA. See the current members of the ITWG-FGR. Members of the Commission which are not members of the Working Group may participate, upon request to the Commission Secretariat, in the work of the Working Group in an observer capacity. The Working Group, or the Bureau on behalf of the Working Group, may invite experts, as well as representatives of specialized international organizations, to attend its meetings as observers. 



The Commission shall decide on the timing and duration of the sessions of the Working Group, when required. In any case, the Working Group shall hold no more than one regular session annually.

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last updated:  Friday, May 16, 2014