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:
Research activities focus on priority species groups: food tree species, medicinal and aromatic tree species, wood and fibre, and fodder tree species.
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:
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
Bioversity scientists worked with a team of African and Austrian scientists to analyze and map the diversity of African cherry (Prunus africana) to define conservation priorities.
The species is of great commercial interest due to the preparation of medicinal products from its bark to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy and as a result, has been over-exploited in much of its range in the mountainous areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Its high genetic diversity is threatened as the number of trees are steadily diminished, reducing current and future economic opportunities for rural communities.
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.
|Benin||André Mahoutin Tandjiekpon|
|Burkina Faso||Directeur du CNSF, Burkina Faso|
|Congo (Brazzaville)||SAMBA Joseph Léon|
|Ghana||Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (Dr Daniel OFORI)|
|Guinea (Conakry)||DIAWARA, Djiramba|
|Kenya||Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KIGOMO, Bernard)|
|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|
|Uganda||ESEGU, John Francis Oso|