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Activities > APFORGEN 20th Anniversary and Strategy Review Meeting

APFORGEN 20th Anniversary and Strategy Review Meeting

14-17 March 2023
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Since its establishment in 2003, the Asia Pacific Forest Genetic Resources Programme (APFORGEN) provides a unique platform for the region’s researchers and forestry experts to develop and share best practices and capacities for the conservation and sustainable management of forest and tree genetic resources. APFORGEN member countries implement a regional strategy that supports the implementation of the Global Plan of Action on Forest Genetic Resources, work which has been endorsed by the Asia Pacific Forestry Commission. APFORGEN’s previous strategy, developed in 2017, helped the countries to raise over US$1.5 million for regional collaboration between 2018 and 2022.

As APFORGEN celebrates its 20th anniversary, a strategy review meeting was organized in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 14 to 17 March 2023 with the following objectives:

  • Review extent to which the current strategy was achieved, and related success factors and lessons learned
  • Refine an updated regional strategy for 2023-2027 with 3-4 strategic objectives
  • Develop concrete project and activity plans to implement the strategic objectives through regional collaboration
  • Organise a webinar on the importance of tree seed supply in achieving national forest and landscape restoration targets, to raise awareness about the importance of APFORGEN’s work.

The workshop was jointly organized by APFORGEN, the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, and the Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI), and funded by NIFOS and the OneCGIAR Research Initiative on Nature-Positive Solutions. This workshop participated by 30 representatives from APFORGEN member countries.

As part of the week’s programme, a webinar entitled ‘Organising Tree Seed Supply for National Forest and Landscape Restoration Targets: Experiences from Asia’ was also conducted.
1.   Seed supply shortages constrain restoration targets
Riina Jalonen, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
2.   Management of seed sources in Indonesia
Vivi Yuskianti and Ria Cahyaningsih, National Research and Innovation Agency, Indonesia
3.   Scope and opportunities for organised tree seed supply in India
Rekha R Warrier and Ravichand Anandalakshmi, Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, India
4.   Seed production program for forest restoration and commercial plantation establishment in Sri Lanka
K M A Bandara, Forest Department, Sri Lanka
5.   Seed collection and conservation for Myanmar Reforestation and Rehabilitation Programme
Mu Mu Aung and Aung Zaw Moe, Forest Research Institute, Forest Department, Myanmar
6.   Germplasm conservation selected indigenous forest trees in the Mt Makiling Forest Reserve, Philippines
Lerma SJ Maldia, University of the Philippines Los Baños
7.   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
8.   Improving seed supply system in Cambodia
Syneath Sreng, Institute of Forest and Wildlife Research and Development, Cambodia
Updated on 23 March 2023

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