Conserving genetic resources of useful forest species
Forested ecosystems, particularly tropical forests, contain some of the world's highest biodiversities and hence, genetic varieties. These are essential elements for the Earth's stability and vitality. Forested genetic conservation, whether in situ (preserving habitat) or ex situ (in genetic storage banks), is hence necessary.
Founded in 1977, the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) became an international agricultural research centre organized under the auspices of the [Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research] (CGIAR). ICRAF intends to develop a [Multipurpose Tree Germplasm Resource Centre] to serve as the worldwide focal point for collection, storage and distribution of priority agroforestry tree species. ICRAF, FAO, IPGRI, and the [Center for International Forestry Research] (CIFOR) and other partners are collaborating on a programme that focuses on [in situ] conservation of the genetic diversity of forest species of major importance, with [ex situ] conservation methods providing complementary and and additional security.
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