Less than 1% of the world’s tree species are undergoing genetic improvement
3 June 2014, Rome - Half of the forest species reported by countries are being threatened. Factors such as the conversion of forests to pasture and farm land, overexploitation of forests, as well as the impact of climate change are highlighted as reasons for this development. This is according to the first edition of The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources report prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). FAO is urging countries to improve data gathering, research, conservation and sustainable management of forest genetic resources that are becoming increasingly under pressure. The loss of genetic resources is of great concern.
Albert Nikiema is a Forestry Officer with FAO in Rome. In the following interview he elaborates on the need for improved management of genetic resources including conservation, sustainable use development, the later includes genetic improvement.
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari