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The sub-Saharan African Forest Genetic Resources (SAFORGEN) Programme covers three broad sub-regions in sub-Saharan Africa: West and Central Africa, Eastern Africa and Southern Africa.

SAFORGEN seeks to enable people and institutions in sub-Saharan Africa to  conserve and use existing forest biodiversity to:

  • assess the dynamic processes that shape forest genetic diversity from a population to landscape level
  • develop strategies, methods and tools for the conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity
  • disseminate knowledge and information about conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources among both international and national fora.

Research activities focus on priority species groups: food tree species, medicinal and aromatic tree species, wood and fibre, and fodder tree species.


Regional Workshop Report: Cameroon, April 2016

In April, SAFORGEN organized a regional workshop to support the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Forest Genetic Resources. The workshop was held in Douala, Cameroon.

The objectives of the workshop were to:

  • identify regional priorities for the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources (GPA-FGR) in Africa
  • establish the role of SAFORGEN in implementing the Global Plan of Action for Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • develop a joint statement for mobilizing supports at national, regional and international levels for the implementation of the GPA in the region

Download the workshop summary report 
Download the draft strategy for the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa 

Regional collaboration

Strengthening regional collaboration on conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa Management, improvement and conservation of forest genetic resources in sub-Saharan Africa.

National coordinators

BeninAndré Mahoutin Tandjiekpon
Burkina Faso Directeur du CNSF, Burkina Faso 
Congo (Brazzaville) SAMBA Joseph Léon
Ethiopia     BALCHA, Girma
Gambia    BOJANG, Lamin
Ghana Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (Dr Daniel OFORI)
Guinea (Conakry) DIAWARA, Djiramba
Kenya Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KIGOMO, Bernard)
 Madagascar RAMOMONJISOA, Lolona
Mali  N'DIAYE, Ibrahima
Niger  ATTAOU, Mahaman Laminou
Nigeria DG of Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, (Prof. J.J. Owonubi)
Senegal  Head of PRONASEF
South Africa   Department e of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF)
Sudan    ABDELAZIM, Mirghani Ibrahim
Togo      OURO-DJERI, Essowe
Uganda    ESEGU, John Francis Oso















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