Topic outline

This course explores how to plan seed and seedling supply for forest and landscape restoration (FLR). This includes the importance of considering seed and seedling origin and genetic quality, the reproductive and supply chain bottlenecks that reduce genetic diversity or adaptive capacity, and approaches, tools and institutional frameworks that can help ensure that quality seed and seedlings are available for diverse restoration objectives.


Practitioners and policy-makers with an interest in forest and landscape restoration from:

  • International and regional organizations
  • Private sector
  • National governments
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Regional institutes and universities

  • The importance of seed quality, genetic diversity and seed provenance to avoid inbreeding.
  • The importance of planning and monitoring seed sourcing in restoration projects.
  • Characteristics of common tree seed supply chain models, and solutions for their organization.
  • How to cope with the effects of a changing climate on seed provenancing.
  • Tools that support seed sourcing decisions.

The course consists of 3 lessons, ranging from approximately 35 to 45 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 – Why is seed origin important for restoration success?
  • Lesson 2 – Analysing and strengthening tree seed systems
  • Lesson 3 – Solutions for sourcing genetically diverse seed and seedlings

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