Forest genetic resources

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22 Dec 2023

In 2022, FAO made a worldwide call inviting stakeholders to submit abstracts of case studies where agricultural biotechnologies had been applied to solve the problems of smallholders in developing countries in the aquaculture, crop, forestry and livestock sectors. The 15 case studies selected here cover a wide range of different...

17 Jul 2023

The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), the only intergovernmental body that deals with all matters specifically related to biodiversity for food and agriculture, is marking its 40th anniversary, and the importance of its work was stressed today during a meeting in Rome.

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19 Jan 2023

The Seventh Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources will be held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy from 7 to 9 March 2023. The meeting will open on Tuesday, 7 March 2023 at 10:00 hours. The Session will be held in Arabic, Chinese, English, French,...

29 Apr 2022

Healthy and resilient forests are crucial for safeguarding biodiversity and maintaining ecosystem services. Genetic diversity and integrated pest management are nature-based solutions for continued adaptation of forests to climate change. Moreover, genetic diversity provides both resilience and resistance to stress factors and forest disturbances, such as outbreaks of pests and...

12 Apr 2022

FAO has just launched an open call for case studies of the use of agricultural biotechnologies to meet the needs of smallholders in developing countries. In 2012, FAO published Biotechnologies at Work for Smallholders, a collection of case studies of the applications of biotechnologies to serve the needs of smallholders...

22 May 2020

Forests cover just over 30 percent of the global land area, yet they provide habitat for the vast majority of the terrestrial plant and animal species known to science. Unfortunately, forests and the biodiversity they contain continue to be under threat from actions to convert the land to agriculture...

19 Mar 2020

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests...

21 Jun 2019

A Circular State Letter (available in ArabicEnglishFrenchRussian and Spanish) has been sent to Members and observers summarizing the expected contributions and inputs to the work of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Concerning forest genetic resources, countries are invited to review the list of...

11 Apr 2019

In sub-Saharan Africa, forests and trees sustain livelihoods and nutrition of millions of people. The genetic diversity of trees offers largely untapped opportunities for preventing hunger, alleviating poverty and managing forests sustainably. Tree seed systems involve the selection, procurement, documentation, storage, testing and delivery of forest reproductive material at national...

09 Apr 2019

At its Seventeenth Regular Session (Rome, 18-22 February 2019), the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture adopted a funding strategy for the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources. The funding strategy is annexed to the