Webinar: Organising tree seed supply for national forest and landscape restoration targets: Experiences from Asia

Join us on 15 March 2023 to hear how the Asian countries are addressing tree seed shortages and developing seed supply, to meet diverse forest restoration objectives under a changing climate.


***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)


Presentation: Seed supply shortages constrain restoration targets

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
Vivi Yuskianti,National Research and Innovation Agency, Indonesia


China’s national network for seed production

Zheng Yongqi,Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry


Scope and opportunities for organised tree seed supply in India

Rekha R Warrier, Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, India


THEME: Seed production: good practices and technologies

Moderator: Rekha R Warrier


Seed production program for forest restoration and commercial plantation establishment in Sri Lanka

K M A Bandara, Forest Department, Sri Lanka


Seed Collection and Seedlings Production for Myanmar Reforestation and Rehabilitation Programme

Mu Mu Aung,Forest Research Institute, Forest Department, Myanmar


Germplasm conservation selected indigenous forest trees in the Mt Makiling Forest Reserve, Philippines

Lerma SJ Maldia,University of the Philippines Los Baños


THEME: Working with local communities

Moderator: Riina Jalonen


Engaging communities to participate in conservation and management of endangered tree species in Lao PDR

Chaloun Bounithiphonh, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute, Lao PDR


Improving of seed supply system in Cambodia

Syneath Sreng, Institute of Forest and Wildlife Research and Development, Cambodia


Synthesis and closing

Riina Jalonen


Read more about APFORGEN’s work on tree seed supply for restoration


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
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XiangShan Road, Dongxiaofu No.1, Haidian district, 
Beijing, People's Republic of China