FAO publishes report on forest genetic resources

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently published a document titled The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources (http://www.fao.org/publications/card/en/c/1a3bfc88-7fd8-4d6d-8690-87251e24dde0/) that addresses the conservation, management, and sustainable use of forest tree and other woody plant genetic resources of actual and potential value for human use in a broad range of management systems.

This report complements two other FAO publications in the field of forestry, the annual State of the World’s Forests and the periodic Global Forest Resources Assessment, which collectively report on the status of forests, recent major policy and institutional developments, key issues concerning the forest sector, and forest distribution and status.

The first edition of FAO’s report on The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources reports on drivers of change and trends affecting forest genetic resources; current and emerging technologies; the state of forest genetic resources conservation and management; and needs, challenges, and required responses for the future.