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: Argentina
Focal point: Leonardo Ariel Gallo, Researcher
Organization: Ecological Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding, National Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA)

Country: Argentina
Focal point: Norberto Alfredo Bischoff
Organization: Dirección Nacional de Desarrollo Foresto Industrial, Secretaría de Gobierno de Agroindustria

Country: Armenia
Focal point: Ruben Petrosyan, Deputy Director
Organization: ArmForest SNCO

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

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

Country: Bulgaria
Focal point: Maria Belovarska, Director
Organization: Forest Seed Central Station – Sofia, Executive Forest Agency

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

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

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

Country: Côte d'Ivoire
Focal point: Jean-Claude Konan Koffi, Ingénieur en Chef des Eaux et Forêts, Conseiller Technique du Directeur Général
Organization: Société de Développement des Forêts (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

Country: Czechia
Focal point: Miloš Pařízek ,Deputy Branch Manager, Branch Hradec Králové 
Organization: Forest Management Institute

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

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

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

Country: Eswatini 
Country: Zachariah DLAMINI, Assistant to the National Herbarium
Organization: Department of Forestry, Ministry of Tourism & Environmental Affairs

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

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: Carole Bastianelli, Chargée de mission Ressources génétiques forestiéres 
Organization: Ministère de  l'agriculture et de l'alimentation

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: Greece
Focal point: Dr. Evangelia Avramidou, Junior Researcher
Organization: Laboratory of Forest Genetics and Biotechnology, Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems

Country: Greece
Focal point: Konstantinos Spanos, Research Director
Organization: Laboratory of Forest Genetics, Forest Species Improvement and Biotechnology, Forest Research Institute

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: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Focal point: Parvin Salehi Shanjani, Director of Forest Research Division
Organization: Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands

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: Nizar Salem Obeidat, Assistant Director
Organization: Forestry Department (Government of Jordan)

Country: Lebanon
Focal point: Anwar Kozah, Chef
Organization: Département de développement rural et des ressources naturelles

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

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

Country: Mali
Focal point: Sidi Sanogo, Attaché de Recherche, Programme Ressources Forestiéres 
Organization: Institut d’Economie Rurale

Country: Malta
Focal point: Claudette Gambin, Principal Scientific Officer
Organization: Ambjent Malta

Country: Mauritania
Focal point: Ethmane Ould Boubacar, Directeur Adjoint de la Protection de la Nature
Organization: Service Conservation et Protection des Paysages (Gouvernement de la Mauritanie)

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

Country: Morocco
Focal point: Hassan Sbay, Chef de service de l'amélioration génétique
Organization: Centre de Recherche Forestière

Country: Namibia
Focal point: Andreas Nikodemus, Forester
Organization: Directorate of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry

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

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

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

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

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: Republic of Korea 
Focal point: Jun Soo Jeong, Deputy Director, Korea Forest Service 
Organization: Korea Forest Service

Country: Russian Federation
Focal point: Maria Palenova, Head, Department for Analytical Research of the State and Dynamics of Forests 
Organization: All-Russian Research Institute for Silviculture and Mechanization of Forestry (VNIILM)

Country: Samoa
Focal point: Moafanua Tolusina Pouli, Assistant CEO, Forestry Division
Organization: Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment & Meteorology

Country: Spain
Focal point: José Manuel Jaquotot, Director General for Forest Policy
Organization: Directorate General of Rural Development, Innovation and Forest Policy, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Country: Spain
Focal point: Felipe Pérez Martín, Head of Unit for Forest Genetic Resources
Organization: Directorate General of Rural Development, Innovation and Forest Policy, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Country: Sri Lanka
Focal point: K.M.A. Bandara, Additional Conservator General (Research, Education and Development) 
Organization: Forest Department Sri Lanka

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

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

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

Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Focal Point: Siima Salome Bakengesa, Director
Organization: Forest Production Research, Tanzania Forestry Research Institute

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, Director de División Gestión de Bosques
Organization: Dirección General Forestal (MGAP)

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

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: Mduduzi Cardinal Tembani, Seed Physiologist Researcher
Organization: Forest Research Centre 

last updated:  Friday, July 26, 2019