The state of the world’s forest genetic resources – Genetic considerations in ecosystem restoration using native tree species

Bozzano, M., R. Jalonen, E. Thomas, D. Boshier, L. Gallo, S. Cavers, S. Borda_cs, P. Smith and J. Loo

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This report reviews the evidence that genetic diversity plays a critical role in seedling survival and adaptation of forests to environmental change and discusses the advantage of using native tree species over exotic species for meeting conservation and sustainable development goals. The report provides fundamental information for the achievement of knowledge-based ecosystem restoration using native tree species. It draws attention to the importance of embedding genetic considerations in restoration activities, an aspect which is often overlooked both by restoration scientists and practitioners.

Relevance for the Short Term Action Plan on Ecosystem Restoration:
This resource is particularly relevant for the implementation of Activity C1, under which appropriate measures for conducting ecosystem restoration should be identified taking into account ecological appropriateness and the use of native species.

STAPER categories:
  • C1: Identify appropriate measures for conducting ecosystem restoration

Resource Type:
White Paper

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)