With the successful completion of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) project, all the originally planned and also a number of additional activities were executed, and the objectives were considered satisfactorily achieved. The project organized a number of regional meetings and training workshops, including one international symposium; and published five proceedings/reports.
This compilation of the national status reports from the seven participating countries of the ITTO Project is the second joint documentation of national activities for the conservation and management of forest genetic resources (FGR) in South and Southeast Asian countries. The reports in this publication were provided by the National Focal Points of the ITTO project countries during the years 2007-2009, and they capture updates in the conservation and management activities and initiatives in the project countries since the inception workshop of the APFORGEN Programme in 2003.
All the National Focal Points (NFPs) of the participating countries had chosen to organize oneday consultative workshops which had the participation of the relevant stakeholders. These workshops were organized to achieve the following objectives:
- Update and validate the previous recommendations and plans in the FGR national workshop.
- Identify problems and other constraints in operationalising a national FGR programme.
- Recommend solutions or courses of actions to address FGR issues and concerns.
- Solicit inputs in crafting a viable research and development national agenda for FGR conservation and management.
- Determine capacity-building activities for a vibrant national FGR programme.
- Generate support and commitment from institutions and other stakeholders to implement programmes for FGR conservation and development in their regions.
Upon the completion of the national workshop, a country report was compiled with the following expected outputs:
- A review of the national in situ and ex situ FGR conservation and development programmes, including the priority tree species.
- Identification of capacity-building needs of the stakeholders in support of the national FGR programmes.
- Establishment of a National Coordinating Committee to support the FGR programmes.
- Identifying the research and development needs necessary to support the FGR conservation and development programmes.
- Proposal for national FGR strategies and programmes.
- Commitments and support from institutions and individuals to be part of regional and National Coordinating Committee for FGR.
- Updated information on FGR conservation and use (including in situ and ex situ FGR conservation programmes)
The reports of these national consultative workshops submitted by the NFPs were compiled into a single volume, both to serve as a record for this project and more importantly as a collective source of updates on the activities of the participating countries during the project duration.
The third APFORGEN National Coordinators meeting was held together with the Mid-term Review meeting of the ITTO project on the 5th to the 7th of September 2007, in Bogor, Indonesia. The meeting served to review the prgress and to revise or reaffirm the plans scheduled for the final eightteen months of the project.
This was the second full APFORGEN National Coordinators meeting, which was held as a side event of the Asia Pacific Forestry Commission 21st Session in Dehradun, India in April 2006.
The meeting provided a means for participating countries to present an updated status of FGR conservation and management in addition to refining the draft APFORGEN action plan, which was derived after the inception meeting of 2003. The meeting was also convened as a forum for discussion and setting the scope for executing activities of the ITTO project PD199/03Rev. 3(F). The NFPs from the seven participating countries for this ITTO project, who attended the meeting, were briefed on their roles and the activities of the project.
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