Forest Genetic Resources Training Guide

Using this training guide

This Training Guide is a tool for teaching and learning about forest genetic resources issues in formal education or on-the-job training. Targeting non-specialists, it focuses on the links between sustainable forest management and forest genetic resources, covering areas such as conservation strategies, trees outside forest, seed supply chains, and forest management,  forest restoration and logging.

The Guide demonstrates the value of forest genetic resources for responsible decision-making in forest and natural resource management. It has a global geographic scope and covers issues of relevance to both conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources.

The Guide consists of short, science-based case studies arranged in thematic modules. Only two or three hours are required to teach each case study, making them easy to use within existing courses. The Guide is flexible and the case studies can be studied independently or grouped together. The teacher can tailor the use of the Guide to meet the specific needs in different institutional settings, such as:

Each case study consists of:

The case studies are designed as teacher-led, interactive class exercises. The exercises work best if students work in groups of 4-5 (no more than 6 per group), each of which is given a specific task. If class sizes are large, it is better to ask two groups to discuss the same task, rather than increasing the size of each group (if groups are larger than six, some students tend to not contribute to the discussion and work of their group).

It is best if the students have already read the case study before they start the exercise. This way valuable class time is not lost with students reading the paper during the class. So give the case study out in a previous class with instructions to read it before the next class. It perhaps goes without saying that it is vital that the teacher and any assistants are fully familiar with the whole text, the information in the teacher’s note and in key reference materials.

Each exercise lasts approximately 3 hours, broken down as follows:

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