The Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources, based on the findings of The State of World’s Forest Genetic Resources (SoW-FGR, 2014), was adopted by the FAO Conference at its 38th session in June 2013. The Global Plan of Action was informed by the 86 Country Reports and the results of the Regional Synthesis Workshops.
The Global Plan of Action has 27 Strategic Priorities, grouped into four areas: (1) improving the availability of, and access to, information on FGR, (2) conservation of FGR (in situ and ex situ), (3) sustainable use, development and management of FGR, and (4) policies, institutions and capacity-building. The Strategic Priorities for Action constitute a comprehensive global programme of work, that can assist countries to integrate FGR conservation and management needs into wider policies, programmes and frameworks of action from local to national, regional and global levels, as a basis for developing sound technical and scientific programmes for the successful management of FGR. Implementation of the Global Plan of Action will strengthen the sustainability of FGR while contributing towards the Millennium Development Goals, the post-2015 agenda and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
The Regional Planning Workshop to Support The Implementation of The Global Plan of Action for Forest Genetic Resources was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 17 - 19 September. The workshop was attended by 11 National Coordinators and Focal Points of The Asia Pacific Forest Genetic Resources Program (APFORGEN) and the State of The World's Forest Genetic Resources process. The workshop was jointly organized by Bioversity International, FAO and APAFRI with funding from the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.
The objectives of the workshop are:
•To identify regional priorities for the implementation of the Global Plan of Action in Asia
•To establish Working Groups for at least two strategic priorities or priority areas, and develop related work plans.
•To develop a joint statement for mobilizing support at national, regional and international levels for the implementation of the GPA in the region