Forest genetic resources
Regional consultation workshops to identify needs and priorities for forest genetic resources management and conservation
The preparation of the first Report on the State of World Forest Genetic Resources (SOW-FGR) to be submitted to the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) at its Fourteenth Regular Session in April 2013 involves regional consultations with FAO member counties and main stakeholders. To assist countries in this process, FAO held workshops in eight sub-regions across the globe in collaboration with partner institutions. The workshops succeeded in bringing together National Focal Points for Forest Genetic Resources, partner institutions and other main parties in the forest genetics constituency, to share findings of country reports, discuss regional syntheses and adopt recommendations on needs and priorities for actions. This approach allowed countries to become fully informed of the scope and importance of SOW-FGR knowledge-sharing and information-gathering exercises and to recognize that such initiatives will help ensure the sustainable use and management of their forest genetic capital.All workshops were able to identify the achievements, constraints, gaps and needs in relation to existing knowledge in forest genetic resources, the state of forest genetic resources conservation, management and use, and the state of institutions, research, capacity building, policies and human resources.
The objectives of the workshops are:
1) To Identify and describe the regional or sub-regional status of FGR management and the environment (ecological, social, economic) affecting the status
2) To identify the regional needs and priorities for actions.
organized in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 2-6 July 2012, by FAO in collaboration with the National Tree Seed Centre of Burkina Faso (CNSF), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Secretariat, the African Union Commission, Wallonie Bruxel International, Royal Botanical Kew and Comité permanent inter-états de lutte contre la sécheresse dans le sahel (CILSS).
Participating countries were; Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Senegal.
organized in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 27-29 August 2012, by FAO in collaboration with the State Committee for Environment Protection of the Republic of Tajikistan.
Participating countries were; Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation