Delivering tree genetic resources in forest and landscape restoration

A new publication highlights key challenges and opportunities for the integration of tree genetic resources in current forests and landscape restoration efforts.

Detail of a tree from a forest in Lebanon.
Learn more about the importance of forest genetic resources in forest and landscape restoration in this publication. Photo: Elias Zaghrini / Unplash.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Alliance of Bioversity International & CIAT published a new forestry working paper, highlighting the importance of guaranteeing the availability of seeds and seedlings from a range of tree species to meet the current global goals for the the restoration of degraded forests and landscapes.

The new publication “Delivering tree genetic resources in forest and landscape restoration: A guide to ensuring local and global impact” collects insights from all over the word, including various Mediterranean case studies. For instance, the paper explores the long-term provenance trials in Mediterranean pines and the conservation of forest genetic resources and strategies for in situ preservation for the European silver fir. Moreover, Magda Bou Dagher Kharrat, principal scientist at the European Forest Institute Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED), led the case study on seed dispersal as a key element for the sustainability of restored ecosystems in Lebanon.

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Gaisberger, H., Jalonen, R.,  Vinceti, B., Elias, M., Kettle, C.J., Thomas, E., DeRidder, B., Besacier, C., Koskela, J., DeDato, G., DiMatteo, G., Boudagher, M., Dharmawan, I.W.S., Yuskianti, V., Fady, B., Odee, D., Ping, H., Yongqi, Z., Rossetto, M., Tolentino, Jr, E.L., Warrier, R. & Yasodha, R. 2023. Delivering tree genetic resources in forest and landscape restoration – A guide to ensuring local and global impact. Forestry Working Paper, No. 40. Rome, FAO.

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EFIMED is the Mediterranean Facility of the European Forest Institute. Based in Barcelona, Spain, it was launched in 2007.