Regional Training Workshops to support the preparation of Country Reports for the SOW-FGR

FAO organized regional training workshops to build the capacity of National Focal Points (NFPs), designated by their Governments, to prepare their respective country reports for the State of the World‘s Forest Genetic Resources (SOW FGR), following Guidelines that were made available by FAO. The workshops provided the opportunity for participants to discuss and exchange information on their current programmes with regards to conservation, management and utilization of forest genetic resources. Each workshop resulted in the development of a work plan and budget by the country participants for the preparation of country reports, with identification of sources of information and key interested partners to contribute to the process. The NFPs gained improved understanding of the type of information to be collected and the necessary steps for the elaboration of country reports. Participants also discussed about institutional arrangements and time frames, presented their drafts country reports, and received comments and feedback from other participants and facilitators.

Latin America

 Organizers: FAO, Bioversity International, Regional Office for the Americas, and Latin American Forest Genetic Resources Network (LAFORGEN)

Venue and date: Cali, Colombia, 24-25 November 2010

Participants: 28 experts from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay,  Peru, Uruguay, FAO and Bioversity International

Final Report (Spanish only)

Presentation: Activities of LAFORGEN y MAPFORGEN by Bioversity International and the National Institute of Research and Agricultural and Food Technology, Government of Spain

Pacific Region

Organizers: FAO and the Secretariat for the Pacific Communities (SPC)

Venue and date: Nadi, Fiji, 19-21 January 2011

Participants: 21 experts from Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Niue, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, FAO and SPC.

Final Report

Presentations: Regional FGR Strategies and Action Plan in the Pacific by SPC

South Pacific Regional Initiative on FGR: its implementation and impact on the management of FGR in the Pacific by Dr Lex Thomson, EU-FACT Team Leader


Organizers: FAO, Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI), the Asia-Pacific Forest Genetic Resources Programme (APFORGEN) and Bioversity International

Venue and date: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 7-9 March 2011

Participants: 29 experts from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, PR China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Maldives, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam, FAO, APAFRI, and Bioversity International.

Final Report

Presentation: Funding to support forestry development by S. Appanah, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand


Organizers: FAO, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in collaboration with Bioversity International, the Sub-Saharan Africa Forest Genetic Resources Programme (SAFORGEN) and CBD secretariat

Venue and date: Nairobi, Kenya, 27-29 April 2011

Participants: 38 experts from Angola, Benin, Botswana, Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia. Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tchad, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, FAO, ICRAF and Bioversity International. Key note speakers from Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, University of Copenhagen and UNEP were also present.

Final Report

Presentations: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Kenya

Tree seed supply for agroforestry smallholders in support of poverty reduction and food security by Dr. Lars Gradual, Head of Division, Forest Genetic Resources & the Hoersholm Arboretum, University of Copenhagen

Tree seed centres for food tree species sustainable use and genetic conservation by Dr. Lolona Ramamonjisoa, Directeur du Silo National des Graines Forestières, Government of Madagascar

Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership in Africa: achievements and challenges by Dr. Paul Smith, Head of the Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Development of Indigenous Fruit Trees in Eastern Africa for Improved Livelihoods by Dr. Ben Chikamai, Director of Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)

Forests: Milestones within the Forest Sector in Kenya by Mr. David Mbugua, Director of Kenya Forest Service

North Africa and Near East

Organizers: FAO and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Office for the Mediterranean Region

Venue and date: Hammamet, Tunisia, 14-16 June 2011

Participants:  21 experts from Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Yemen, FAO, Agricultural Research Council of Italy, Bioversity International, and the Tunis National Institute for Research in Rural Engineering, Water and Forest.

Final Report

Presentation: State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources Thematic Studies: Process and Progress by Dr. Judy Loo, Coordinator of Forest and Other Wild Plant Resources Programme, Bioversity International

Central Asia and Eastern Europe

Organizers: FAO in collaboration with Bioversity International, the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs and General Directorate of Forestry of Turkey

Venue and date: Izmit, Turkey, 19-22 September 2011

Participants:  17 experts from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, FAO and Bioversity International

Final Report

Presentations:  Forest Genetic Resources in Turkey  by Alan Murat,

Thematic Studies: Process and Progress by Judy Loo,

Regional training workshop to support the Preparation of the State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources by Albert Nikiema,

Next steps after workshop by Albert Nikiema,

Federal Forest Agency Northern Reseach Institute of Forestry by Natalia Demidova,

Preparation for the National FGR Report for Ukraine by Ihor Neyko;

Preparation for the National FGR Report for Uzbekistan by Talipov Khodjimurat

last updated:  Monday, February 6, 2012