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
Theme 1: Regional conservation and restoration priorities
Range-wide threat mapping to identify species specific priority areas for conservation and restoration
As you sow, so shall you reap?” – Genomic prediction under climate change for matching germplasm sources to restoration sites
Theme 2: Filling conservation gaps through new conservation units
Development of Rosewood conservation units in natural forests in Lao PDR
Theme 3: Seed and seedling production strategies for income generation
Selling Seeds and Seedlings for Livelihood Development--Farmer Seed Orchard in Cambodia
Seedling production in communities in 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.