Responsible Use: Biotech Tree Principles

Responsible_Use_Principles_cover_150ppi_optimizedThe Responsible Use: Biotech Tree Principles were developed to help protect forests wherever biotech trees are used. These Principles are the first of their kind and were developed through a transparent, multi-stakeholder mechanism, to achieve the following objectives:

1) Establish a high level of performance for managing biotech trees that is recognized around the world.
2) Create a simple and effective set of practices so users along the biotech tree value chain know how to use the trees responsibly.
3) Increase societal benefits when biotech trees are used by promoting interaction and education between foresters, biotechnologists, and other stakeholders.

Embodied throughout is an understanding that biotech trees and their products should create sustainable benefits. Benefits may be derived from the biotech tree, its products, or scientific insight gained through forest biotechnology research. The Practices give users tools to help them enhance the benefits of forest biotechnology, mitigate risks and maintain the integrity of a biotech trees history as it moves along the value chain.
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Forest Biotechnology and its Responsible Use


This document discusses the basic concepts of forest biotechnology, how biotech trees are managed, and why the Institute of Forest Biotechnology created a set of stewardship principles for the responsible use of these trees. This document focuses on the science, dialogue, and stewardship of forest biotechnology to help foster clarity and build a foundation for ongoing discussions.
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Genetically Engineered Forest Trees: Identifying Priorities for Ecological Risk Assessment

eco_risk_cover_150ppi_optimizedThis publication is a compilation of research presentations, identified knowledge gaps, and ideas for next steps in answering ecological risk questions about genetically engineered forest trees. This material was generated during the second meeting from the IFB that focused on ecological issues. We would like to thank all of our invited experts and our Initiative Sponsors for making this publication possible.
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