State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources National Focal Points


In April 2010, FAO invited its member countries, through an official invitation, to nominate National Focal Points (NFPs) on forest genetic resources for the preparation of Country Reports for The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources. Following the release of the global report in 2014, the NFPs have also been asked to provide inputs to follow-up activities (e.g. implementation of the Global Plan of Action and its monitoring) and to the work of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources. The list below shows the contact details of the current NFPs. Countries are kindly invited to contact FAO and nominate new NFPs, as needed (e.g. retirement of a NFP, change of position).

Country: Angola 
Focal point: Mateus Simão André, Chef Département des Forêts
Organization: Institut de développement forestier (IDF) (Gouvernement de la République d'Angola)

Country: Argentina
Focal point: Santinoni Lucrecia, Subsecretaria de Desarrollo Foresto Industrial
Organization: Ministerio de Agroindustria

Country: Armenia
Focal point: Ruben Petrosyan, Deputy Director
Organization: ArmForest SNCO (Government of Armenia)

Country: Australia
Focal point: Steve Read, Director, Forest Sciences
Organization: Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences

Country: Australia
Focal point: Claire Howell, Senior Scientist, Manager of National Forest Inventory
Organization: Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences

Country: Austria
Focal point: Thomas Geburek, Head of Department
Organization: Department of Forest Genetics, Austrian Research Centre for Forests

Country: Bangladesh
Focal point: Ratan Kumar Mazumder, Conservator of Forests and Project Director, Agar Plantation Project
Organization: Forest Department (Government of Bangladesh)

Country: Belarus
Focal point: Oleg Baranov, Chief Research Officer
Organization: Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory, Forest Institute of the National Academy of Science of Belarus

Country: Benin
Focal point: Simon Kodjoli Awakou, Officier Ingénieur des Eaux-Forêt et Chasse, Assistant du Directeur
Organization: Centre d’Etudes, de Recherches et de Formation Forestières (Gouvernement du Bénin)

Country: Bhutan
Focal point: Tenzin Kinley, Program Director, Renewable Natural Resources, Research and Development Center
Organization: Department of Forests and Park Services (The Royal Government of Bhutan)

Country: Bolivia
Focal point: Aldo Claure Banegas, Director General de Biodiversidad y Áreas Protegidas
Organization: Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Agua (Gobierno de Bolivia)

Country: Bolivia
Focal point: Cynthia Silva Maturana, Viceministra de Medio Ambiente,Biodiversidad y Cambios Climáticos
Organization: Viceministerio de Medio Ambiente, Biodiversidad y Cambios Climáticos (Gobierno de Bolivia)

Country: Botswana
Focal point: Mmasera Manthe-Tsuaneng, Director
Organization: Department of Forestry and Range Resources (DFRR) (Government of Botswana)

Country: Botswana
Focal point: Motsereganyi Sekgopo, Principal Scientific Officer
Organization: Department of Forestry and Range Resources (DFRR) (Government of Botswana)

Country: Brazil
Focal point: Sergio Cardoso
Organization: Research Institute for the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden

Country: Bulgaria
Focal point: Maria Belovarska, Chief Expert
Organization: Executive Forest Agency, Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Country: Burkina Faso
Focal point: Moussa Ouedraogo, Directeur Général
Organization: Centre National des Semences Forestière, (Gouvernement du Burkina Faso)

Country: Burundi
Focal point: Claire Kayoboke, Chef
Organization: Service Développement et Extension des Ressources Forestières (Gouvernement du Burundi)

Country: Cambodia
Focal point: Uon Sam Ol, Deputy Director
Organization: Department of Forest Plantation and Private Forest Development (Royal Government of Cambodia)

Country: Cameroon
Focal point: Ferrand Patrice Nkoulend Sakpak, Chef de Cellule de la Coopération au Ministrére des Foréts et de la Faune
Organization: Ministrére des Foréts et de la Faune

Country: Canada
Focal point: Tannis Beardmore, Tree Seed Researcher
Organization: Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

Country: Central African Republic (the)
Focal point: Yves Yalibanda, Ingénieur des Eaux et Forêts
Organization: Direction générale des eaux, forêts, chasses et pêches (Gouvernement de la République centrafricaine)

Country: Chad
Focal point: Hamid Taga, Deputy Director
Organization: Direction de la protection des forêts et de la lutte contre la désertification  (Gouvernement du Tchad)

Country: Chile
Focal point: Antonio Varas Myrik, Director Centro de semillas, genética y entomología
Organization: Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF) (Gobierno de Chile)

Country: China
Focal point: Zheng Yongqi, Professor and Director of the Research Office of Plant Germplasm Resources
Organization: Chinese Academy of Forestry

Country: Colombia
Focal point: Xiomara Sanclemente, Directora
Organization: Dirección de Bosques, Biodiversidad y Servicios Ecosistémicos (Gobierno de Colombia)

Country: Congo (the)
Focal point: Joseph Léon Samba, National Coordinator of SAFORGEN
Organization: Ministère du Développement Durable, de l'Economie Forestière et de l'Environnement (Gouvernement de la République du Congo)

Country: Cook Islands (the)
Focal point: Noo Tokari, Senior Project Officer
Organization: Ministry of Agriculture (Government of the Cook Islands)

Country: Costa Rica
Focal point: Marta Liliana Jiménez, Directora Ejecutiva de la Oficina Técnica,
Organization: Comisión Nacional para la Gestión de la Biodiversidad (Gobierno de Costa Rica)

Country: Côte d'Ivoire
Focal point: Aimé Kadio, Conseiller Technique du Directeur GénéralAdjumane,
Organization: SODEFOR

Country: Croatia
Focal point: Ivana Pešut , Head of Department
Organization: Ministry of Agriculture

Country: Cuba
Focal point: Orlidia Hechevarría Kindelán, Investigadora
Organization: Instituto de Investigaciones Agro-Forestales

Country: Cyprus
Focal point: Andreas Christou, Head of Research Publicity and Silviculture Sector
Organization: Department of Forests (Government of Cyprus)

Country: Czechia
Focal point: Jiri Stanek, Head of Forest Protection Unit
Organization: Department of Forestry Policy and Economy

Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo (the)
Focal point: Germain Zasy Ngisako, Conseiller charge des Forêts
Organization: Ministère de l'Environnement, Conservation de la Nature, Eaux et Forêts (Gouvernement du la République Démocratique du Congo)

Country: Denmark
Focal point: Friis Proschowsky, Chief ConsultantGunnar
Organization: Nature Agency, Ministry of Environment and Food

Country: Djibouti
Focal point: Youssouf Daher Robleh, Head of Plant Production/Protection Service
Organization: Division des forêts (Gouvernement du Djibouti)

Country: Ecuador
Focal point: Franklin Sigcha, Responsible del Programa de Forestaría
Organization: Instituto Nacional Autónomo de Investigaciones Agropucuarias

Country: Egypt
Focal point: Amr Raafat Rabie, Under Secretary
Organization: Undersecretariat for Afforestation and Environment (Government of Egypt)

Country: El Salvador
Focal point: Alex Zelada, Coordinador, Banco de Semillas Forestales, Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia
Organization: Dirección General de Ordenamiento Forestal, Cuencas y Riegos (Gobierno de El Salvador)

Country: Eritrea
Focal point: Estifanos Bein, Director
Organization: Environmental Quality Division. Ministry of Agriculture (Government of Eritrea)

Country: Estonia
Focal point: Kristel Järve, Senior Officer,
Organization: Forest Department, Ministry of the Environment

Country: Ethiopia
Focal point: Tesfaye Awas, Taxonomist and Genebank Case-team Leader 
Organization: Institute of Biodiversity Conservation (Government of Ethiopia)

Country: Fiji
Focal point: Maika Daveta, Tree Improvement and Genetics Officer
Organization: Silvicultural Research Division, Forestry Department, Ministry of Fisheries and Forest

Country: Finland
Focal point: Mari Rusanen, Researcher
Organization: Natural Resources Institute Finland

Country: France
Focal point: Pierre Bouillon, Officer in charge of FGR
Organization: Ministère de  l'agriculture, l'agroalimentaire et de la forêt

Country: Gabon
Focal point: David Ingueza Ntsindiarema, Chargé d'Etudes
Organization: Direction Générale des Eaux et Forêts (Gouvernement du Gabon)

Country: Gambia (the)
Focal point: Abdoulie Alpha Sanneh, Director of Forestry
Organization: Department of State for Fisheries, Natural Resources and the Environment (Government of the Gambia)

Country: Georgia
Focal point: Giorgi Kavtaradze, Associate Professor
Organization: V. Gulisashvili Forest Institute, Agricultural University of Georgia

Country: Germany
Focal point: Sigrid Strich, Senior Advisor
Organization: Division 535, Sustainable Forest Management and Timber Markets, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Country: Ghana
Focal point: Edward Obiaw, Director
Organization: Resource Management Support Centre (Government of Ghana)

Country: Greece
Focal point: Dr. Evangelia Avramidou, Junior Researcher
Organization: Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems

Country: Guatemala
Focal point: Carlos Enrique Ramirez Anleu, Seed Bank Manager
Organization: Instituto Nacional de Bosques (INAB) (Gobierno de Guatemala)

Country: Guinea-Bissau
Focal point: Malam Cassamá, Directeur Général
Organization: Direction Général des Forêts et Faune (Gouvernement de Guinée-Bissau)

Country: Guinée
Focal point: Ibrahima Bangoura, Ingénieur, Chef Division Économie et Législation Forestière
Organization: Direction Nationale des Eaux et Forêts  (Gouvernement de la République de Guinée)

Country: Hungary
Focal point: Sándor Bordács, Head of Department
Organization: Directorate for Plant Production and Horticulture, National Food Chain Safety Office, Department of Forest and Biomass Reproductive Material

Country: Iceland
Focal point: Brynjar Skúlason, Researcher
Organization: Icelandic Forest Service 

Country: India
Focal point: K. Palanisamy, Head of Forest Genetic Resources Division
Organization: Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education)

Country: Indonesia
Focal point: Novianto Bambang, Director of Biodiversity Conservation
Organization: Directorate General of Forest Protection and Natural Conservation (Government of Indonesia)

Country: Indonesia
Focal point: Agus Sriyadi Budi Sutito, Deputy Director of Species Preservation and Utilization
Organization: Directorate General of Forest Protection and Natural Conservation (Government of Indonesia)

Country: Iran
Focal point: Parvin Salehi Shanjani, Director of Forest Research Division
Organization: Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands

Country: Iraq
Focal point: Jafar Mohammed, Head of Forestry Department
Organization: General Company for Horticulture and Forestry (Government of the Republic of Iraq)

Country: Ireland
Focal point: Brian Clifford, Forestry Inspector
Organization: National Council for Forest Research and Development (COFORD), Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Country: Italy
Focal point: Fulvio Ducci, Senior Research Officer
Organization: Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria (CREA SEL)

Country: Japan
Focal point: Kazuhiko Niida, Assistant Director
Organization: Forest Research, Extension and Protection Division, Forestry Agency of Japan

Country: Jordan
Focal point: Eid Yousef Al-Zu'bi, Assistant Director
Organization: Forestry Department (Government of Jordan)

Country: Kenya
Focal point: James Mwang'ombe Mwamodenyi, Senior Assistant Director - Head of Biodiversity Conservation & Management
Organization: Kenya Forest Service

Country: Kiribati
Focal point: Teaaro Otiuea, Principal Agricultural Officer, Department of Agriculture and Livestock
Organization: Agriculture and Livestock Division (Government of Kiribati)

Country: Korea, Rep.
Focal point: Jun Soo Jeong, Deputy Director, Korea Forest Service
Organization: Korea Forest Service (Government of the Republic of Korea)

Country: Kyrgyzstan
Focal point: Kamil Ashimov, Head of Forest System Division
Organization: State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry (Government of the Kyrgyz Republic)

Country: Kyrgyzstan
Focal point: Venera Surappaeva, Head
Organization: Department of monitoring, flora and fauna (Government of the Kyrgyz Republic)

Country: Laos
Focal point: Vongvilay Vongkhamsao, Director
Organization: Forest Science Research Centre, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute

Country: Lebanon
Focal point: Kozah Anwar, Chef
Organization: Département de développement rural et des ressources naturelles (Gouvernement de la République libanaise)

Country: Lithuania
Focal point: Valmantas Kundrotas, Chief Specialist
Organization: Forest Genetic Resources Department, Lithuanian State Forest Service

Country: Lesotho
Focal point: Tlotliso Ramanyaka, Principal Forestry Officer (Research)
Organization: Forestry Department (Government of Lesotho) 

Country: Luxembourg
Focal point: Marc Wagner, Chief for Forest Services
Organization: Administration de la nature et des forêts

Country: Madagascar
Focal point: Lolona Ramamonjisoa, Associate Professor
Organization: Forestry and Environment Department, Graduate Agronomy School, University of Antananarivo

Country: Malawi
Focal point: Clement Z. Chilima, Assistant Director
Organization: Forestry Research Institute of Malawi

Country: Malaysia
Focal point: Norwati Binti Muhammad, Senior Research Officer 
Organization: Biotechnology Division, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)

Country: Maldives
Focal point: Ibrahim Shabau, Director
Organization: Ministry of Fisheries, Agriculture and Marine Resources (Government of Maldives)

Country: Mali
Focal point: Nissama Haoua Coulibaly, Ingénieur des Eaux et Forêts, Chef de la Section Conservation des Eaux et Sols
Organization: Direction Nationale des Eaux et Forêts (Gouvernement du Mali)

Country: Marshall Islands
Focal point: Karness Kusto, Assistant Chief of Agriculture Quarantine and Livestock /State Forester
Organization: Ministry of Resources and Development (Government of the Marshall Islands)

Country: Mauritania
Focal point: Ethmane Ould Boubacar, Chef de Service Forêts et Pâturages
Organization: Service Conservation et Protection des Paysages (Gouvernement de la Mauritanie)

Country: Mauritius
Focal point: Vishnu Tezoo, Conservator of Forests
Organization: Forestry Service (Government of Mauritius)

Country: Mexico
Focal point: Alfredo Arciniega Mendoza, Gerente de Restauración
Organization: Comisión Nacional Forestal (CONAFOR). Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT) (Gobierno de México)

Country: Micronesia
Focal point: Margie Falanruw, Director, Yap Institute of Natural Science
Organization: Department of Resources and Development (Government of the Federated States of Micronesia)

Country: Mongolia
Focal point: Batkhuu Nyam-Osor, Professor in Forest Sciences
Organization: National University of Mongolia

Country: Morocco
Focal point: Hassan Sbay, Chef de service de l'amélioration génétique
Organization: Centre de Recherche Forestière (Gouvernement du Royaume du Maroc)

Country: Mozambique
Focal point: Cacilda João Chirinzane, Forestry Engineer
Organization: National Forestry Gene Bank (Government of Mozambique)

Country: Myanmar
Focal point: Aung Zaw Moe, Assistant Research Officer
Organization: Forest Research Institute (Government of Myanmar)

Country: Namibia
Focal point: Nathanael Amadhila, Chief Forester
Organization: Directorate of Forestry (Government of Namibia)

Country: Nepal
Focal point: Hem Aryal, Under Secretary of National Forest Division
Organization: Department of Forests (Government of Nepal)

Country: Netherlands
Focal point: Joukje Buiteveld
Organization: Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN), Wageningen University & Research

Country: Nicaragua
Focal point: Bernabé Caballero, Director, Centro de Mejoramiento Genético y Banco de Semillas
Organization: Instituto Nacional Forestal (INAFOR) (Gobierno de Nicaragua)

Country: Niger
Focal point: Maman Adda, Directeur
Organization: Centre National de Semences Forestières (Ministère de l'Hydraulique et de l'Environnement)

Country: Nigeria
Focal point: Stephen Olufisayo Aluko, Assistant Director
Organization: Federal Department of Forestry (Government of Nigeria)

Country: Niue Island
Focal point: Brandon Tauasi, Head of Forestry Division, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Organization: Forestry Division (Government of Niue)

Country: Norway
Focal point: Kjersti Bakkebø Fjellstad, Senior Adviser
Organization: Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy Research

Country: Pakistan
Focal point: Rizwan Irshad, Technical Officer
Organization: Ministry of Environment (Government of Pakistan)

Country: Palau
Focal point: Uelbil Puanani Michael, Chief Forester
Organization: Bureau of Agriculture (Government of Palau)

Country: Panama
Focal point: Narciso Cubas Perez, Encargado de CITES
Organization: Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM) (Gobierno de Panamá)

Country: Papua New Guinea
Focal point: Martin Golman, Acting Director
Organization: PNG Forest Research Institute

Country: Paraguay
Focal point: Maria Jose Lopez Ortiz, Director of Forest Education
Organization: Instituto Forestal Nacional (INFONA) (Gobierno de Paraguay)

Country: Peru
Focal point: Rosario Acero Villanes, Director General
Organization: Dirección General Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre (Gobierno de Perú)

Country: Philippines
Focal point: Nonito M. Tamayo, Director
Organization: Forest Management Bureau, Department of Environment & Natural Resources

Country: Poland
Focal point: Czeslaw Koziol, Director
Organization: Forest Gene Bank

Country: Russian Federation
Focal point: Natalia Demidova, Research Director
Organization: Northern Research Institute of Forestry, Federal Forest Agency

Country: Rwanda
Focal point: Rutonesha Freddy Gashamura, Research Scientist
Organization: Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Rwanda (Gouvernement du Rwanda)

Country: Samoa
Focal point: Moafanua Tolusina Pouli, Principal Forester, Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment & Meteorology
Organization: Forestry Division (Government of Samoa)

Country: Santo Tomé y Principe
Focal point: Sabino Pires de Carvalho, Directeur
Organization: Direction des fôrets (Gouvernement de Sao Tomé-et-Principe)

Country: Saudi Arabia
Focal point: Khalid Al Moussa, Director
Organization: Forestry Division (Government of Saudi Arabia)]

Country: Senegal
Focal point: Abidou Gaye, Chercheur
Organization: Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles

Country: Seychelles
Focal point: Eric Marc Sophola, Senior Forestry Officer
Organization: Seychelles National Parks Authority (Government of the Republic of Seychelles)

Country: Slovenia
Focal point: Alenka Korenjak, Under Secretary
Organization: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food

Country: Solomon Islands
Focal point: Richardson Raomae, Acting Director, Forest Development and Reforestation Division
Organization: Ministry of Forestry (Government of the Solomon Islands)

Country: Somalia
Focal point: Ibrahim Abdi Nur Yakub, Head of Forestry Section
Organization: Ministry of Livestock, Forestry and Range (Government of Somalia)

Country: South Africa
Focal point: Sindiswa Goodness Boqo, Assistant Director
Organization: Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Government of South Africa)

Country: Spain
Focal point: Ricardo Alía Miranda, Investigador
Organization: Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, Centro de Investigación Forestal, Departamento de Ecología y Genética Forestal

Country: Sri Lanka
Focal point: Ariyaratna Bandara, Director
Organization: Sri Lanka Forestry Institute (Government of Sri Lanka)

Country: Sudan
Focal point: Mohamed Ahmed Eltayeb, Manager
Organization: Forests National Corporation (Government of Sudan)

Country: Swaziland
Focal point: Zacharia Dlamini, Assistant to the National Herbarium
Organization: Forestry Section (Government of Swaziland)

Country: Sweden
Focal point: Sanna Black-Samuelsson, Specialist in forest genetics
Organization: Swedish Forest Agency (Government of Sweden)

Country: Switzerland
Focal point: Keith Anderson
Organization: Section Prestations forestières et entretien des forêts, Office fédéral de l'environnement (OPEV)

Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Focal point: Jamal Akkash, Director
Organization: Forestry Directorate (Government of the Syrian Arab Republic)

Country: Tanzania, United Rep.
Focal point: Siima Salome Bakengesa, Director
Organization: Forest Production Research, Tanzania Forestry Research Institute

Country: Thailand
Focal point: Suchitra Changtragoon, Head of Forest Genetics and Biotechnology Division
Organization: Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation

Country: Timor-Leste
Focal point: Pascoal do Carmo Barros, Chief, Planning and Strategy
Organization: Department of Forestry and Water Resource (Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste)

Country: Tonga
Focal point: Tevita Faka’osi, Head of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries
Organization: Forestry Division (Government of the Kingdom of Tonga)

Country: Tunisia
Focal point: Habib Abid, Directeur de la conservation des forêts
Organization: Ministère de l'agriculture et de l'environnement (Gouvernement de la Tunisie)

Country: Turkey
Focal point: Gaye Eren Kandemir
Organization: Ministry of Forest and Water Affairs, Forest Tree
Seeds and Tree Breeding Research Directorate

Country: Uganda
Focal point: John Francis Esegu, Director
Organization: National Forestry Resources Research Institute

Country: Ukraine
Focal point: Svitlana Los, Head of Laboratory
Organization: Laboratory of Selection, Ukrainian Research Institute of Forestry and Forest Melioration

Country: United Kingdom
Focal point: Jason Hubert
Organization: UK Forestry Commission

Country: United States of America
Focal point: Randi Johnson, Director, Division of Global Climate Change
Organization: Institute of Bioenergy, Climate and Environment, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Country: Uruguay
Focal point: Juan Pablo Nebel Fuentes, Ingeniero
Organization: Dirección General Forestal (MGAP) (Gobierno de Uruguay)

Country: Uzbekistan
Focal point: Alisher Shukurov, Chief Expert (Monitoring of International Projects)
Organization: Main Department of Forestry (Government of Uzbekistan)

Country: Vanuatu
Focal point: Hanington Tamla, Director of Forests
Organization: Department of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity

Country: Viet Nam
Focal point: Ha Thi Tuyet Nga, Senior Officer,
Organization: Nature Conservation Department (Government of Viet Nam)

Country: Yemen
Focal point: Mohammed Moqbel Taher Mareai, Technical Director
Organization: National Genetic Resources Center, Agricultural Research and extension Authority

Country: Zambia
Focal point: Lishomwa Mulongwe, Principal Research Officer, Forestry Department
Organization: Department of Forestry (Government of Zambia)

Country: Zimbabwe
Focal point: Chemist Gumbie, Deputy General Manager, Research and Training Division
Organization: Forest Research Centre

Country: Zimbabwe
Focal point: Mduduzi Cardinal Tembani, Seed Physiologist Researcher
Organization: Forest Research Centre 

last updated:  Friday, July 19, 2019