Genetic Infrastructure is the rapidly growing body of plant genetic reference data that enables a multitude of new scientific applications to be provided. The most immediate applications support the legal and sustainable timber trade while protecting conservation areas and natural capital.
But the impact of helping countries gain and utilise this genetic sovereignty go way beyond improved law enforcement, governance and trade. A comprehensive genetic picture of our forests can help with landscape reconstruction and adaptation to climate change. The benefits of investment today stretch over hundreds of years and will be of use to future generations in a responsibly planned future.