Regional Training Centre on Forest Genetic Resources

Background

APFORGEN and partners have established 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 provides 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.

 

Activities

Second Training - 18-22 September 2017, Binzhou City, China

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.

The course is aimed at university lecturers from South, East and Southeast Asian countries who: (i) teach forestry but are not specialized in genetics, or (ii) are specialised in genetics but are not teaching forestry, or (iii) teach tree breeding but are interested in teaching broader genetic issues. After the course, it is expected that participants will incorporate some of the content into their teaching, and also share with colleagues in their home institutions or beyond.

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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 covered two training modules of the Forest Genetic Resources Training Course: Species conservation strategies (Module 1), and Seed supply Chain (Module 3)

For more information, see:
http://forest-genetic-resources-training-guide.bioversityinternational.org/using-this-training-guide/

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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

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Participants List 

Presentations 

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

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