Establishment of a European
information system on forest genetic resources

Related information

New European Commission publication on genetic resources (10 July 2013) [more]
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Global Plan of Action agreed for forest genetic resources
(8 May 2013) [more]
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FAO Working Group recommends preparation of a Global Plan of Action for forest genetic resources (12 Feb 2013) [more]
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Minimum requirements for genetic conservation units of forest trees
(20 Dec 2012) [more]
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Article on EUFGIS and EUFORGEN in the Slovak journal Les&Letokruhy
(25 April 2012) [more]
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Final technical report
(19 Dec 2011) [more]
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Article on EUFGIS in the Danish journal Skoven (7 Nov 2011) [more]

 

The EUFGIS project (April 2007-March 2011) created an online information system for forest genetic resources (FGR) inventories in Europe to support the countries in their efforts to implement FGR conservation as part of sustainable forest management.

The project focused on improving documentation and management of dynamic conservation units of forest trees. Dynamic conservation of genetic diversity emphasizes the maintenance of evolutionary processes within tree populations to safeguard their potential for continuous adaptation. This means either managing tree populations at their natural sites within the environment to which they are adapted (in situ), or artificial, but dynamically evolving populations elsewhere (ex situ). In the face of climate change, this approach is crucial for the long-term sustainability of forests and forestry in Europe.

The project first developed pan-European minimum requirements and data standards for the dynamic conservation units. It also established a network of national focal points (NFPs) in the European countries to provide data for the information system. The NFPs have a direct access to the online information system to update their data as needed. As part of the project, the NFPs were also trained to upload national datasets into the EUFGIS database which now contains 2360 conservation units and 92 target tree species (1 September 2011).  

EUFGIS was one of the 17 actions supported by the European Commission under the Council Regulation (EC) No 870/2004 on genetic resources in agriculture. The information system is now maintained and further developed as part of the European Forest Genetic Resources Programme (EUFORGEN).

 

Interviews of Project Partners during the final meeting, 14 Sep 2010