Regional Training Centre on Forest Genetic Resources

Regional Training Centre on Forest Genetic Resources

NEW: First Training, 28 October – 2 November 2016, Beijing and Shandong

Interested participants can register until 10 October as:

-       Self-funded participants for a training fee of 2000 RMB (approx. 300 US$)

-       Participants to the International Seminar on Forest Genetic Resources Conservation and Management (28 October, Day 1 of the training course) – no fee (first come, first served basis)

For more information, download the course announcement 


APFORGEN and partners are establishing a Regional Training Centre on Forest Genetic Resources (FGR), in response to the Global Plan of Action on Forest Genetic Resources that calls for strengthening educational and research capacities on FGR to ensure adequate technical support for related development programs (Strategic Priority 21). Establishing the Training Centre is part of the implementation of APFORGEN's strategy for 2104 - 2016 and the work plan of its Working Group on Mobilizing Support for FGR. 

The training centre will provide training workshops and distance learning opportunities for trainers (training of trainers), policy makers, forest managers and researchers on conservation and management of FGR. The training aims to support better integration of FGR management into relevant national and international policies, strategies and legislation, including, on climate change, forest restoration and food security and livelihoods.

The initiative is led by Prof. Dr Zheng Yongqi of the Research Institute of Forestry,  Chinese Academy of Forestry, and funded by China Happy Ecology Industrial Co., Ltd., a pioneering company in the field of ecological restoration and tree breeding for salinity resistance, erosion control and landscaping. Other collaborators are the National Forest Genetic Resources Platform of China, Bioversity International and Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions.

First Training – October 2016

This training course provides an introduction to the principles of genetic conservation of tree species. It demonstrates the use of a Forest Genetic Resources Training Guide, developed by Bioversity International, as a flexible tool for teaching and learning about FGR issues in formal and informal education, or on-the-job training. Targeting non-specialists, it uses real case studies to focus on the links between sustainable forest management and FGR, covering areas such as conservation strategies, trees outside forests, seed supply chains, forest management, forest restoration and logging. The Guide demonstrates the value of FGR for responsible decision-making in forest and natural resource management. It has a global geographic scope and covers issues of practical relevance to local conservation and sustainable use of FGR.


The course will cover two training modules of the Forest Genetic Resources Training Course:


Module 1: Species conservation strategies

  • Conservation paradigms – in situ, ex situ, through use (circa situm)
  • Biological corridors
  • Genetic processes associated with small populations – which populations are too small?
  • Identifying threats – genetic and others

Module 3: Seed supply chain

  • Reproductive materials – source, collection and distribution
  • Genetic processes associated with small populations – bottleneck, increased genetic drift, increased inbreeding and consequently homozygosity
  • Effective population size compared to census size
  • Sexual systems – dioecy, hermaphrodite
  • Self-incompatibility mechanisms


For more information, see:

Download the course announcement 


Planning workshop – December 2015

A planning workshop for establishing the Regional Training Centre was held 1 - 3 December 2015 in Binzhou City, China.

The workshop was jointly organized by APFORGEN, the National Forest Genetic Resources Platform of China, Chinese Academy of Forestry, China Happy Ecology Industrial Co. Ltd., Bioversity International and Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions, with support from China Happy Ecology Industrial Co., Ltd. 


Download the Workshop Report 

Download the Workshop Programme 

Participants List 



APFORGEN - Strengthening capacities for conservation and management of FGR - Rinna Jalonen, Bioversity International

Using case studies for enhancing capacity  in managing forest genetic resources - Judy Loo, Bioversity International 

Bioversity International’s Regional Networks - Judy Loo, Bioversity International 

Global Perspective on FGR training - Jarkko Koskela, FAO Forestry Department

FAO Publications Relevant for Capacity Building on Forest Genetic Resources - Jarkko Koskela, FAO Forestry Department

Photo Credit: China Happy Ecology