Asian Rosewoods: Conservation needs and livelihood opportunities

Presentations and recording of the project's final workshop, held virtually on 6 December 2021, are now available. Project partners from each country highlighted the achievements in conservation and diversity assessments, establishing new conservation units in situ and ex situ, and supporting smallholder farmers in producing and marketing Dalbergia seeds and seedlings.

Training workshops on tree seed and seedling marketing

Two training-of-trainers workshops on marketing tree seed and seedlings were organised in November 2019 to support development of approaches and strategies for income generation from selling and planting of Dalbergia species. The workshops were held at the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI), in Vientiane, Lao PDR, and at the Institute of Forest and Wildlife Research and Development (IFWRD), Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Follow-up trainings with local community members were subsequently organised by IFWRD and NAFRI staff at the project sites in January and February 2020.

Download report from training-of-trainers workshop
Download report of the community trainings


Trainings on in situ and ex situ conservation

Forest trees are long-lived species with high genetic diversity that is crucial for their survival, regeneration and adaptation. Genetic diversity also provides the foundation for selection and breeding programmes to improve the productivity, resistance or quality of trees and their products. However, forest managers and conservationists often lack good information about the relevance of genetic aspects to meeting their objectives. This knowledge gap constrains conservation of tree species, increases genetic risks in subsequent generations and limits adaptation to climate change.

Three national trainings on in situ and ex situ conservation strategies were organised in March 2020, in collaboration with the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute, Lao PDR, Institute of Forest & Wildlife Research & Development, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Center for Biodiversity & Biosafety, Institute of Agricultural Genetics, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Vietnam. The trainings covered the following topics:

  • basic population genetic principles in terms of how they influence conservation decisions
  • options and limitations of different strategies for tree conservation (in situ, ex situ, circa situm)
  • conservation of tree genetic resources through tree improvement
  • case study group work on conservation of an endangered species
  • review of the status of Dalbergia spp in SE Asia
  • application of course learning to derive options for Dalbergia spp

Download a report of the trainings

Project Inception Workshop

The project inception workshop was held in Vientiane, Lao PDR, from the 10th to the 14th of September, 2018. The overall aim of the Inception workshop was to ensure the project make a successful start, putting in place plans to fulfil its activities by the end of year one. Specifically, the workshop had the following five objectives, with assignment and clarification of roles among partners:

  1. Discuss and agree plans to carry out activities to ensure project outputs
  2. Develop a detailed work plan for the first year of the project
  3. Develop trust and working relationship between partners
  4. Explore/clarify collaborations with other Dalbergia genetic resources projects and more broadly conservation/ management/ restoration projects and programmes in the countries, to link and contribute to other ongoing initiatives to ensure complementarity and mutual benefits
  5. Clarify accounting/reporting procedures and timelines according to Darwin requirements

Download the workshop report




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


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