The inception workshop was held virtually from 11 to 12 May 2022. Participants discussed project context in the partnering countries, project's methods and approaches, and workplans for 2022.
Dynamic seed zone maps were developed for each partner country. Seed zones are relatively homogenous in terms of climate and soil conditions, and seed can be transferred within the zones without concerns of maladaptation. Seed zone maps will help identify seed zones which lack designated seed sources for target tree species, and where seed sources should, therefore, be identified as priority to safeguard adaptive capacity and other useful traits.
The regional training workshop “Assessing the availability of tree seed sources for forest and landscape restoration” was organised in Coimbatore, India, from 28 November to 2 December 2022. The purpose of the workshop was to equip forestry experts in Asian countries to carry out spatial analyses on the availability of tree seed sources for native tree species. The specific learning objectives were to enable participants to:
- Model habitat suitability of tree species by tuning Maximum Entropy (MaxEnt) models
- Identify gaps in the availability of seed sources by overlaying species distributions, seed zone maps and locations of existing seed sources
The training was delivered using R Studio and QGIS which are both freely accessible software. The training was attended by 13 experts from five national research institutions in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Laos. It was delivered by Dr Tobias Fremout of the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, and hosted by the Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB) of India.
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
c/o Research Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry
XiangShan Road, Dongxiaofu No.1, Haidian district,
Beijing, People's Republic of China