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IUCN on track to give protected status to forest genetic conservation units

11/24/2016
EUFGIS genetic conservation unit of beech in Baigorry, France. Credit: A.Ducousso/EUFORGEN

The World Conservation Congress, held in Hawai‘i in early September, adopted a motion calling for forest conservation units to be recognised with a new protection status, known in the motion as Protected Area Type IV. The motion, promoted by the French National Conservation Congress, will now be considered by national authorities and NGOs and is expected to help forest geneticists to work with conservationists to secure the long-term conservation of forest tree diversity essential for climate change adaptation.

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