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The December issue of Forest Ecology and Management journal was a Special Issue on Forest Genetic Resources. The articles are based on the Thematic studies for the State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources Report (FAO 2014). All articles are open access..
(Added 22 January 2015)

This Strategy outlines three priority objectives for regional collaboration in 2014-2016: (1) Political and financial support is mobilized, (2) Regionally important threatened tree species are conserved and sustainably used, and (3) Tree seed programmes are strengthened. The Strategy supports the regional implementation of FAO’s Global Plan of Action for Forest Genetic Resources.
(Added 31 December 2014)

In a meeting of its National Coordinators in September 2014, APFORGEN established three Working Groups to support the implementation of the Global Plan of Action on Forest Genetic Resources (GPA FGR) in the Asia Pacific region. The Global Plan of Action on Forest Genetic Resources is a strategic framework for the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources of trees and other woody plants. It was based on the findings of the first-ever State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources report, published by FAO in June 2014.
(Added 13 October 2014)

The workshop was successfully held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 17-19 September 2014.
(Added 23 September 2014)

A Fact Sheet based on the scientific article in Forest Ecology & Management about genetic conservation guidelines for dipterocarps has been published by Bioversity International and the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia.
(Added 21 April 2014)

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) funded a three-year Project entitled Strengthening National Capacity and Regional Collaboration for Sustainable Use of Forest Genetic Resources in Tropical Asia (ITTO PD 199/03Rev. 3(F)) in years 2006-2009.
(Added 14 January 2011)

A survey was conducted in Feb 2010 with the national coordinators of the 14 APFORGEN countries – 9 countries including Secretariat of The Pacific Community (SPC) responded. The purpose of the survey was to identify the strengthens and weaknesses of past activities and ideas for improvement.
(Added 14 January 2011)

The symposium which was organized in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5-8 October 2009 brought together 63 participants from 19 countries. The symposium focused on tropical Asia, but participants came from all across the region, including China, Japan, Pacific Islands and Australia.
(Added 20 January 2010)

Reiner Finkeldey and Hans Heinrich Hattemer have written an excellent textbook on tropical forest genetics. The 315 pages covers a wide range of topics from general population genetics and reproduction of trees to domestication and conservation of forest genetic resources. Most examples are from tropical Asia. Unfortunately the book is expensive.
(Added 17 April 07)

Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), an international consortium enables developing countries to gain free or low cost access to one of the world’s largest collections of proprietary environmental science literature. Free access in institutions based in six APFORGEN countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos.
(Added 15 March 07)

The online CPF Sourcebook on Funding for Sustainable Forest Management has been developed to help users efficiently locate global funding sources for sustainable forest management projects.
(Added 1 March 07)

Research Fellow Partnership Programme for Agriculture, Forestry and Environment (RFPP) supports PhD or Post-Doc projects for young scientists from developing countries up to the age of 40. The projects must be implemented in collaboration with Swiss research institutions and Bioversity International or another institute supported by CGIAR.
(Added 1 March 07)

A textbook entitled “An introduction to forest genetics” written by Swedish forest geneticists has been published in the internet. The book is targeted for undergraduate students. Most information presented in the textbook can be applied in tropical Asia despite of the main focus on conifers.
(Added 11 January 07)

Since 1 December 2006, IPGRI has operated under the name ”Bioversity International”, Bioversity for short. This new name echoes their new strategy, which focuses on improving people’s lives through biodiversity research, but does not change Bioversity’s role in APFORGEN secretariat. (Added 06 December 06)


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APFORGEN is a programme to increase conservation and sustainable use of tropical forest genetic resources (FGR) in the Asia Pacific region.

SOW-FGR Asia Google Site


Regional Training Workshop to Support the Preparation of the State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources in Asia

March 2011
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

IUFRO World Congress technical sessions (SP3 & B10) on Forest Genetic Resources

August 2010
Seoul, Korea

IUFRO World Congress side-event on Forest Genetic Resources

August 2010
Seoul, Korea

Training Workshop on Conservation and Management of Forest Genetic Resources

July 2010
Coimbatore, India

International Symposium on Forest Genetic Resources

October 2009
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Second Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on the Preparation of a Report on the State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources (SOW-FGR)

October 2009
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

APFORGEN Activities and Achievement

Training Workshop on Forest Biodiversity

June 2007
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Expert consultation meeting on forest restoration

November 2006
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Training Workshop on Forest Biodiversity

June 2006
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

April 2006
Dehradun, India

Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI)
Bioversity International
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