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1.3 Genetic diversity

Forest associated species at risk from isolation and the loss of genetic variation, and conservation efforts for those species

Species with low genetic variation are widely held to be less able to withstand unexpected threats and so face a higher risk of extinction. In practice, it is diffi cult to demonstrate the level of genetic variation that has been lost in a species. However, it is possible to identify whether certain threatened species are becoming endangered ...

Extent of native forest and plantations of indigenous species which have genetic resource cons. plans prepared and implemented

"The importance of maintaining genetic diversity in native forests and
plantations is acknowledged by various forest management organisations
in management plans and guidelines....Genetic variation within native plantation and native forest species makes individuals in each species physically different from one another and gives ...

Population levels of selected representative forest-associated species to describe genetic diversity

“The indicator is diagnostic in that it provides information about the expected genetic state of the forest today, but it is stronger as a predictive tool. As population size decreases, and if it remains small for several generations, the incidence of inbreeding and genetic drift increases, reducing the genetic diversity, reproductive ...