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Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Title Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources
Code FO-738
Sessions and documents

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Legal Framework

The Working Group was established by the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture at its 12th Session in October 2009.



Category Cat. 1

Established by the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the Working Group shall:

  • review the situation and issues related to biodiversity in the area of forest genetic resources and advise and make recommendations to the Commission on these matters;
  • consider the progress made in implementing the Commission's programme of work on forest genetic resources as well as any other matters referred to the Working Group by the Commission; and
  • report to the Commission on its activities.

In order for the Working Group to carry out this mandate, the Commission will assign specific tasks to the Working Group.


The Members of the Working Group shall be elected at each regular session of the Commission and serve until the next regular session of the Commission. In addition, the Commission shall elect at each regular session a list of up to two Alternate Members for each region. Alternate Members will replace, in the order in which they appear on the list, any Member who has resigned and informed the Secretariat accordingly. The elected Members and Alternate Members will be eligible for re-election.

Number of Members 28
Current term of office 2019-2021
List of Members
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • Guyana
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Poland
  • Republic of Korea
  • Russian Federation
  • Sudan
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • United States of America
  • Vanuatu
  • Yemen
Languages Arabic, English, French, Chinese, Russian and Spanish
Document symbol CGRFA/WG-FGR
Frequency of Sessions The meetings of the Working Group are held when required and no more than once annually.
Contact information/email

[email protected]

Web site

Information available on the following web sites:

First Session April 2011
Pattern of sessions 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020

Subsidiary Body of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture