Asian Rosewoods: Conservation needs and livelihood opportunities in Greater Mekong

Recording and presentations of the Results workshop of the regional initiative are now available

Considered some of the most priced timber species in the world, Asian Rosewoods (Dalbergia spp.) have weathered decades of illegal logging wiping out most of their natural populations. The species are increasingly popular for tree planting and a potentially important source of income for rural communities. Yet, restoring them is easier said than done, as climate threats and adaptation needs remain poorly understood, seeds and seedlings are in short supply, and farmers lack skills to produce quality seedlings and access markets.

We invite you to catch the discussion on newly identified priorities, novel techniques and capacities to conserve these precious species and help local farmers improve their production and proper marketing for improved livelihoods.

Programme (click the links to view the presentations): 

Time (GMT+7, pm)



Opening and introduction to the workshop
John MacKay, University of Oxford


Theme 1: Regional conservation and restoration priorities

Range-wide threat mapping to identify species specific priority areas for conservation and restoration
Hannes Gaisberger, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

As you sow, so shall you reap?” – Genomic prediction under climate change for matching germplasm sources to restoration sites
Tin Hang (Henry) Hung, University of Oxford


Theme 2: Filling conservation gaps through new conservation units

Development of Rosewood conservation units in natural forests in Lao PDR
Chaloun Bounithiphonh, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute, Lao PDR

Conservation units of Rosewoods for local sustainable development in Vietnam
Tran Thi Hoa, Vietnamese Academy of Agricultural Sciences


Theme 3: Seed and seedling production strategies for income generation

Selling Seeds and Seedlings for Livelihood Development--Farmer Seed Orchard in Cambodia
So Thea, Institute of Forest and Wildlife Research and Development, Cambodia

Seedling production in communities in Lao PDR
Bansa Thammavong, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute, Lao PDR


The shared insights result from the regional initiative “Conserving Rosewood Genetic Resources for Resilient Livelihoods in Greater Mekong” spanning Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam and China. The initiative is led by the University of Oxford with funding from the UK Darwin Initiative in 2018-2021, and with partners from the Institute of Forest and Wildlife Research and Development (Cambodia), National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (Lao PDR), Vietnamese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Forestry, University of Copenhagen, and the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT.

About us

APFORGEN is a regional programme and network with a holistic approach to the conservation and management of the Forest Genetic Resources (FGR) in the Asia-Pacific region


APFORGEN Secretariat
c/o Research Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry
XiangShan Road, Dongxiaofu No.1, Haidian district, 
Beijing, People's Republic of China