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ERDB's newly released publication titled "Country Report on Forest Genetic Resources: Philippines"
Philippines’ Country Report on Forest Genetic Resources
Posted: 2012-03-21 09:09:28

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources took the lead in the drafting and finalization of the "Country Report on Forest Genetic Resources: Philippines". Said report will be one of the contributions in the preparation of the "The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources" by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. This is also in response to Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) felt need to continually guarantee the sustainable use and conservation of the world's forest biological diversity to ensure that such is able to provide for food security, poverty alleviation, environmental conservation, as well as the economic and social advancement and the maintenance of cultural and spiritual values in the communities that depend on them.

The Philippine Country Report attempted to provide a comprehensive assessment of the following: state of forest genetic resources in the Philippines and their roles in the forest and forestry production systems in the country, including the associated biodiversity and the factors driving the changes; the current contribution of forest genetic resources to sustainable forest development, and food and agriculture; how the contribution of forest genetic resources to sustainable forest development, food and agriculture, can be enhanced; identifying opportunities and obstacles as well as strategies to realize the opportunities and overcome any obstacles; and the needs and priorities for capacity building to enable conservation, sustainable use and development of forest genetic resources.

The Report also contains insights on the past and current management of the forest genetic resources in the Philippines, the different in-situ and ex-situ forest genetic resources conservation programs, a description of the few tree improvement and breeding activities undertaken, existing infrastructures and facilities as well as laws, rules and regulations and other policy issuances related to forest genetic resources use and conservation, the country's participation in regional and international agreements and collaborative projects, existing knowledge base and education programs, research and development programs and projects, and the different capacity building initiatives on the sustainable use and conservation of forest genetic resources in the country.

This report likewise highlights the wealth of the Philippines in terms of its forest genetic resources. From its forests comes a multitude of goods: food, wood, medicine and "cosmeceuticals", non-wood forest products, and raw materials for the handicrafts and novelty items. Marla V. Cambay, TDD

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