***Presentations are available in the agenda below***
South and Southeast Asian countries have set targets to restore tens of millions of hectares of degraded forests and landscapes during the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration by 2030. Achieving these targets requires billions of tree seed and seedlings, but seed sources for native species are widely lacking after decades of forest loss and degradation.
Using quality, genetically diverse seed of native tree species in restoration is important for ensuring restoration success but also contributes importantly to the conservation of biodiversity and the species’ evolutionary potential.
Asia lacks an overarching regional programme to support forest and landscape restoration, unlike Latin America and Africa where countries are actively sharing experiences and mobilising public and private funding for restoration through the 20x20 and Afr100 Initiatives, respectively. APFORGEN fills the gap when it comes to strengthening capacities to supply seeds for restoration needs.
The webinar is jointly organized by APFORGEN, the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT and the Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI), and supported by the UK Darwin Initiative, the National Institute for Forest Science of the Republic of Korea, and the CGIAR Research Initiative on Nature-Positive Solutions. The event is also part of APAFRI's Knowledge Sharing Webinar series.
Wednesday 15 March, 15-17 hrs (Malaysia time, GMT +8)
Online meeting room opens
Pin Kar Yong, Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI)
Riina Jalonen, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
THEME: National programmes
Moderator: Pin Kar Yong
Forest Tree Seeds Program to Support Forest Landscape Restoration in Indonesia
Zheng Yongqi,Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry
Rekha R Warrier, Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, India
THEME: Seed production: good practices and technologies
Moderator: Rekha R Warrier
K M A Bandara, Forest Department, Sri Lanka
Mu Mu Aung,Forest Research Institute, Forest Department, Myanmar
Lerma SJ Maldia,University of the Philippines Los Baños
THEME: Working with local communities
Moderator: Riina Jalonen
Chaloun Bounithiphonh, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute, Lao PDR
Syneath Sreng, Institute of Forest and Wildlife Research and Development, Cambodia
Synthesis and closing