World Hardwood has shared the following infographic and article originally published by CGIAR. The information below is no longer at the CGIAR website.
Although often ignored, forest genetic resources matter for everything from food, to the environment and adapting to climate change. Here are 7 interesting facts about why forest and tree genetic diversity is important:
It is not just about the forest but also the trees
Forest loss and forest tree species - genetic erosion go hand in hand
Trees as sources of food, fuel wood and livelihoods
All species originated somewhere - Centres of diversity harbor valuable resources
Genetic diversity makes trees resistant to climate change
DNA can be used to crack down on illegal logging
Sustainably increasing production through the use of genetic diversity of trees
World Hardwood is a timber business that harvests, processes and pressure treats wooden poles for the domestic and international markets.