19-22 September 2011, Izmit Turkey

Background information

At its Eleventh Session in June 2007, the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) acknowledged the urgent need to conserve and sustainably utilize forest genetic resources. The Commission requested that a State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources (SOW-FGR) report be prepared and presented to the Commission at its Fourteenth Session, in 2013. At its Nineteenth Session (March 2009), the Committee on Forestry discussed and supported the preparation of the SOW-FGR, urging member countries to collaborate with FAO and partner organizations in producing the report.

The SOW-FGR will be prepared through a country-driven approach. The primary source of data and information for the preparation of the report will be Country Reports on the State of Forest Genetic Resources (FGR). FAO invited member countries to designate National Focal Points (NFP) for the preparation of Country Reports on the State of Forest Genetic Resources. NFPs would serve as the main contact points for FAO during the SOW-FGR preparatory process. Guidelines for the preparation of Country Reports on the State of FGR were made available to countries. The Country Reports should be submitted preferably by end of 2011.

The Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, meeting in October 2010, recognized the importance of forest genetic diversity for the conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity, including in the context of addressing climate change and maintaining the resilience of forest ecosystems; and in this context welcomed the preparation by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations of the country driven report The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources; and invited Parties, other Governments, and relevant organizations to support the preparation of the country-driven first report on The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources, including with the aim of ensuring the quality of national reports.

Objectives:

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • To support the Central Asian countries’ National Focal Points in the preparation of their respective Country Reports on the State of FGR.
  • To provide the opportunity for participants to discuss and exchange information on  the importance of FGR and their current programmes on their conservation, management and use.

The workshop will bring together the National Focal Points designated by their Governments to prepare the Country Reports on the State of FGR.  The preparation of these reports is an opportunity to review the status, trends, needs and priorities in FGR conservation and management in the countries, to define or update national FGR strategies and programs. NFPs are requested to prepare, as far as possible, first drafts of their Country Reports before the workshop. The workshop will be an opportunity to share experiences, discuss difficulties and constraints encountered during the preparation of the reports and, with the assistance of resource persons, identify options and ways to move forward and finalize the reports.

Tentative Programme

Monday 19 September
8.30 – 9.00Registration
9.00 – 9.30Opening - Programme and objective of the Workshop
9.30 – 10.30Plenary session on the Update on SOW-FGR preparation process including preparation of country reports and thematic studies, clarifications
10.30 – 11.00Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30Plenary session on the Update on SOW-FGR preparation process including preparation of country reports and thematic studies, clarifications. (Cont.)
12.30 – 14.00Lunch
14.00 – 16.00 Plenary session on the presentation of drafts country reports and problems/constraints encountered in their preparation. Discussion.
16.00 – 16.30Plenary session on the presentation of drafts country reports and problems/constraints encountered in their preparation. Discussion. (Cont.)
Tuesday 20 September

 


8.30 – 18.00Working groups focus on country reports with the support of resource persons.

Coffee breaks from 10.30 to 11.00 and from 16.00 to 16.30

Lunch break from 12.30 to 14.00

Wednesday 21 September
8.30 – 10.30Presentation of results of working group sessions (status of preparation of country reports and plans for their completion).
10.30 – 11.00Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30Presentation of results of working group sessions (status of preparation of country reports and plans for their completion). (Cont.)
12.30 – 14.00Lunch
14.00 – 16.00Plenary session:  Conclusion, follow-up and next steps

 

Thursday 22 September

Field Trip

For further information on the workshop, please contact:

Ekrem Yazici
Senior Forestry Consultant, FAO SEC Office in Ankara
E-mail: ekrem.yazici@fao.org
Phone: 00 90 312 307 95 18
Mobile 00 90 532 687 27 96

Oudara Souvannavong
Senior Forestry Officer, Forest Conservation Team (FOMC)
FAO Headquarters, Forestry Department
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome
E-mail: Oudara.Souvannavong@fao.org

Albert Nikiema
Forestry Officer (Forest Genetic Resources)
Forest Assessment, Management and Conservation Division
Forestry Department, FAO
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 00153 Rome (Italy)
E-mail: Albert.Nikiema@fao.org

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last updated:  Thursday, June 28, 2012