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Forest Genetic Resources (FGR)

The Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) hosted a three-day regional course on Forest Genetic Resources (FGR). The course was jointly organized by the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), University of Oxford department of Plant Science and Bioversity International. The course which was held at KEFRI Headquarters, Muguga, from 10th to 12th December, 2019, was opened by Deputy Director Corporate Affairs and Quality Assurance Dr. Jackson Mulatya and closed by Dr. Joshua Cheboiwo (Director, KEFRI).

Dr Mulatya said conservation of tree genetic diversity can be achieved together with the use of trees to produce wood or non-wood products, including food for humans and animals as long as management and sustainable practices are designed to safeguard this plant diversity.

“Genetic diversity also provides the foundation for selection and breeding programmes to improve the productivity, resistance or quality of trees and their products. This training course will provide an introduction to the principles of genetic conservation of tree species,” Dr Mulatya said.

The training guide was developed by Bioversity International as a flexible tool for teaching and learning about FGR issues in formal and informal education, or on-the-job training.

Targeting non-specialists, the guide uses real case studies to focus on the links between sustainable forest management and FGR, covering areas such as conservation strategies, trees outside forests, seed supply chains, forest management, forest restoration and logging.

The training course provided an introduction to the principles of genetic conservation of tree species. It demonstrated the use of a Forest Genetic Resources Training Guide, developed by Bioversity International, as a flexible tool for teaching and learning about FGR issues in formal and informal education, or on-the-job training.

Dr. David Boshier from the University of Oxford/Bioversity International said the training was targeting non-specialists, it uses real case studies to focus on the links between sustainable forest management and FGR, covering areas such as conservation strategies, trees outside forests, seed supply chains, forest management, forest restoration and logging.

“The guide demonstrates the value of FGR for responsible decision-making in forest and natural resource management. It has a global geographic scope and covers issues of practical relevance to local conservation and sustainable use of FGR” Dr. Boshier said.

Delegates at KEFRI Headquarters, Muguga during a three-day
regional course on Forest Genetic Resources (FGR)
Dr. Joshua Cheboiwo Director KEFRI presenting completion certificates to the participants
Delegates pause for a group photo during the three-day
regional course on Forest Genetic Resources
Participants engaging the resource persons for clarifications

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