The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources

The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources


Produced by FAO, this document reviews the state of the world forests as of 2020. The authors cite that forest provide valuable goods and services that benefit human well-being, particularly forest genetic resources (FGR). Yet these are threatened by an exponentially increasing human population, overexploitation, and landscape conversion. 

Goals & Methods

The goal of this document is to build knowledge that can contribute to future conservation and sustainable management of the worlds forests. The document provides information on the goods and services provided by forests, main drivers of landscape change, and emerging technologies to address current issues. 

Conclusion & Takeaways

Based on the information in the report, the authors provide four main next steps: continue to build knowledge about FGR, improving in situ and ex situ conservation, sustainable manage for FGR, and strengthen instutional practices. 


FAO. (2020) The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources. Accessed: December 2020


  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture