REGIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOP TO SUPPORT THE PREPARATION OF THE STATE OF THE WORLD’S FOREST GENETIC RESOURCES IN ASIA
7-9 March 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
At its Eleventh Session in June 2007, the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
(CGRFA) acknowledged the urgency to conserve and sustainably utilize forest genetic resources. The
Commission requested that a State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources (SOW-FGR) report be prepared and presented to the Commission at its Fourteenth Session, in 2013. At its Nineteenth Session (March 2009), the Committee on Forestry discussed and supported the preparation of the SOW-FGR, urging member countries to collaborate with FAO and partner organizations in producing the Report.
The SOW-FGR will be prepared through a country-driven approach. The primary source of data and information for the preparation of the report will be Country Reports on the State of Forest Genetic Resources (FGR). FAO invited member countries to designate National Focal Points (NFP) for the preparation of Country Reports on the State of Forest Genetic Resources. NFPs would serve as the main contact points for FAO during the SOW-FGR preparatory process. Guidelines for the preparation of Country Reports on the State of FGR were made available to countries. The Country Reports should be submitted preferably by July 2011.
The objectives of the workshop are:
- To support the Asian countries National Focal Points in the preparation of their respective Country Reports on the State of FGR.
- To provide the opportunity for participants to discuss and exchange information on importance FGR and their current programmes on their conservation, management and use.
The workshop will bring together the National Focal Points, designated by their Governments to prepare the Country Reports on the State of FGR, from Asian countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, PR China, India, Indonesia, Japan, DPR Korea, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam. The preparation of these reports is an opportunity to review the status, trends, needs and priorities in FGR conservation and management in the countries, to define or update national FGR strategies and programs. NFPs are requested to prepare, as far as possible, first drafts of their Country Reports before the workshop. The workshop will be an opportunity to share experiences, discuss difficulties and constraints encountered during the preparation of the reports and, with the assistance of resource persons, identify options and ways to move forward and finalize the reports.
For further information on the workshop, please contact:
Senior Forestry Officer, Forest Conservation Team (FOMC)
FAO Headquarters, Forestry Department
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome
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