Why forest genetic resources matter?

Genetic diversity provides the foundation for the survival of tree species, their growth and productivity, and adaptation to a changing environment. It forms the basis for present and future selection and breeding programmes, and contributes food sources for humans and animals, including at times when annual crops fail. To be effective and sustainable, the management of production forests, forest and landscape restoration, ecosystem-based approaches to mitigating climate change and species conservation programmes all need to integrate genetic considerations.



Enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of tree species and their genetic diversity in Asia and the Pacific

Established in 2003, the Asia Pacific Forest Genetic Resources Programme (APFORGEN) is a network with a holistic approach to the conservation and management of forest genetic resources in the Asia-Pacific region.

The broad objective of APFORGEN is to promote the management of tropical forest genetic resources more equitably, productively and sustainably in its 15 member countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Photo: Michel Valette


Seeds for trees: Survey on seed supply chains in Southeast Asia

Restoration practitioners need information about the origin and quality of seed sources to select the right trees for their sites – trees that can…

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Happy International Day of Forests

Over the past year, APFORGEN members and partners have produced new knowledge of the threats to these species and capacities for conserving and…

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Synergies between Botanic Gardens Conservation International and APFORGIS

Jean Linsky of the Southeast Asia Botanic Gardens Network Coordinator at Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) spoke with us about her…

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Trainings on in situ and ex situ conservation strategies


About us

APFORGEN is a regional programme and network with a holistic approach to the conservation and management of the Forest Genetic Resources (FGR) in the Asia-Pacific region


APFORGEN Secretariat
c/o Research Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry
XiangShan Road, Dongxiaofu No.1, Haidian district, 
Beijing, People's Republic of China