Asian Rosewoods: Conservation needs and livelihood opportunities in Greater Mekong

Considered some of the most priced timber species in the world, Asian Rosewoods (Dalbergia spp.) have weathered decades of illegal logging wiping out most of their natural populations. The species are increasingly popular for tree planting and a potentially important source of income for rural communities.

Yet, restoring them is easier said than done, as climate threats and adaptation needs remain poorly understood, seeds and seedlings are in short supply, and farmers lack skills to produce quality seedlings and access markets. 
We invite you to catch the discussion on newly identified priorities, novel techniques and capacities to conserve these precious species and help local farmers improve their production and proper marketing for improved livelihoods.

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Bansa Thammavong 

Forest Science Research Center, National Agriculture & Forestry Research Institute 

So Thea

Institute of Forest and Wildlife Research and Development, Cambodia

Programme overview

The shared insights result from the regional initiative “Conserving Rosewood Genetic Resources for Resilient Livelihoods in Greater Mekong” spanning Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam and China. The initiative is led by the University of Oxford with funding from the UK Darwin Initiative in 2018-2021, and with partners from the Institute of Forest and Wildlife Research and Development (Cambodia), National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (Lao PDR), Vietnamese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Forestry, University of Copenhagen, and the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT.