Forest genetic resources

Forest genetic resources are the heritable materials maintained within and among tree and other woody plant species that are of actual or potential economic, environmental, scientific or societal value. Trees are the foundation species of forest ecosystems and many of the world’s 60 000 tree species are also an important component in other ecosystems, such as savannas and agricultural landscapes. Most tree species have high levels of genetic diversity, offering great potential for increasing the production of both wood and non-wood forest products, as well as for improving the provision of environmental services. However, this potential remains largely untapped.


Indicators of the genetic diversity of trees – State, pressure, benefit and response

This study reviews issues related to the development of indicators for tree genetic diversity. It includes a historical account of the development of science-based indicators for tree genetic diversity. It also includes a section on relevant data, data sources, and databases. The study proposes a set of four operational indicators for monitoring tree genetic diversity. The proposed indicators could support efforts towards sustainable forest management, as well as the development of indicators for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.


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