Training Workshops

Training Workshop on Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Forest Genetic Resources

Coimbatore, India, 5 - 9 July 2010

 

A 6 days workshop was held by ITTO funded capacity building project in collaboration with The Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore, India. A total of 21 participants from 7 countries participated in this workshop which consists of classroom lectures and field visits.

Among the topics covered were Forest Gene Banks for conserving forest genetic resources: Concept and Practice, In situ conservation of forest genetic resources, Biodiversity- principals, management and conservation strategies, Importance of Seed Banks and Forest Genetic Resources Network for FGR conservation, Forest health and conservation of genetic resources and Climate change and its impact on Conservation and management of Forest Genetic Resources

 

Training Workshop on Forest Biodiversity:  Conservation and Management of Forest Genetic Resources

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,   7-11 July 2008

 

A short training workshop for Forest Managers and Forest Field Officers on forest biodiversity with focus on forest genetic resources conservation and management was held by ITTO funded capacity building project .  The training workshop aimed to provide a common background specifically to Forest Managers and Forest Field Officers currently working on conservation and management of forests particularly in the Asia-Pacific region and addressed the urgent needs and challenges of biodiversity particularly on forest genetic resources conservation and management in forest production systems.

 

Among the topics covered were: (i) Forest biodiversity; (ii) Issues on tropical forest management; (iii) Managing in situ and ex situ conservation systems; (iv) Tools for monitoring conservation of FGR; and (v) Economic values and environmental services of FGR. Demonstration on applications of molecular markers for genetic diversity determination was also included.

 

Training Workshop on Forest Biodiversity:  Conservation and Management of Forest Genetic Resources

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,  11-16 June 2007

 

A six-day training workshop funded by ITTO funded capacity building project mainly aiming at providing a common background on forest genetic resources to graduate students and young scientists was attended by a total of 18 young scientists from 12 countries. The workshop, besides other topics, also addressed the urgent needs and challenges in managing forest ecosystems, especially in the Asia Pacific region. This workshop was funded mainly by ITTO -funded capacity-building project  . and most of the lectures were given by eminent scientists. The topics covered included forest biodiversity, genetic diversity, spatial pattern of genetic diversity and its sampling, in situ and ex situ conservation, as well as FGR case studies. Practical hands-on work was carried out by the participants on DNA extraction and genetic diversity analysis using molecular techniques (polymerase chain reaction and fragment analysis).

 

 

Training Workshop on Forest Biodiversity:  Conservation and Management of Forest Genetic Resources

Kuala Lumpur,  5-16 June 2006

 

This two-week training workshop aiming at providing a common background on forest genetic resources to graduate students and young scientists. The workshop, besides other topics, also addressed the urgent needs and challenges in managing forest ecosystems, especially in the Asia Pacific region.

 

A total of 28 young scientists from nine countries participated in this intensive training workshop. The topics covered included forest biodiversity, genetic diversity, evolutionary genetics in forest tree populations, spatial pattern of genetic diversity and its sampling, in situ and ex situ conservation, as well as case studies on regional issues. Two field visits were organized for the participants. During the first field visit, participants visited the Biotechnology Division of FRIM, and were taken on a guided tour of the division’s seed technology, micro-propagation and genetic research facilities, and the FRIM museum and a short jungle walk. The second field visit was to the FRIM’s experimentation station located in Bidor, about two hours by road north of Kuala Lumpur. This experimental station was built on ex-tin mine, and the main focus of the station is to research the restoration of the barren sandy land by planting suitable fast growing exotics such as Acacia mangium, and also some indigenous species such as Hopea odorata.

 

Enhanced Networking for Forest Genetic Resources Information in Forest Management

Dehradun, India, 15 - 16 April 2006

 

Representatives from 12 of the 14 countries currently participating in the programme participated in this workshop to discuss recent updates of national forest genetic resources conservation and management (FGR C&M) in the region, to discuss the development of national FGR programmes in the participating countries, to revisit the draft APFORGEN Action Plan, to explore more effective means for information dissemination between the participating organisations and countries in the region, to explore resource generation strategy or ideas and to identify other areas of common interest for collaboration. A discussion was also held on genetic diversity in forest rehabilitation. This discussion revealed that several APFORGEN countries have important reforestation and rehabilitation activities and that these efforts are likely to be strengthened in the future. The understanding of the importance of genetic diversity in forest rehabilitation varies between the countries. However, the level of scientific knowledge on genetic diversity in rehabilitation is low throughout the countries. There is a strong need for a project to assist countries to increase genetic diversity of planted trees through scientific and research related activities.