FORGER - Towards the Sustainable Management of Forest Genetic Resources in Europe (KB-24-002-009, KB-14-002-033)

Project: LNV project

Project Details


Genetic diversity is the ultimate source of biological diversity. Genetic resources represent the useful diversity of forest trees and other living organisms with actual or potential value. The need to better conserve forest genetic resources has been widely recognised in recent times because of the risks associated with global changes in the environment, including climate change. Forest biological diversity in general and forest genetic resources in particular have become an integral item on the agenda of mainstream forestry policy processes, global and regional, including the Ministerial Conferences on the Protection of Forest in Europe. The Green Paper on Forest Protection and Information in the EU: Preparing forests for climate change, released by the EC March 2010 to discuss the EU Forest Action Plan, recognizes that forest management practices can support the adaptation of forest trees by maintaining high genetic variation and by selecting those elements of the existing gene pool that are best adapted to expected growing conditions in the future. Conservation of forest genetic resources was identified by many stakeholders as one of the key issues needing action at the EU level.


The KBBE-funded project FORGER: Towards the Sustainable Management of Forest Genetic Resources in Europe started March 1st 2012 with an  aim to integrate and extend existing knowledge on the management and sustainable use of forest genetic resources (FGR) to provide science-based recommendations for EU-policy makers, national stakeholders, forest managers, and managers of natural areas. The project addresses five interconnected objectives,  organised in five corresponding work packages:

1. To improve and analyse inventories on forest genetic resources (WP1)

2. To develop a common protocol for measuring and monitoring genetic diversity (WP2)

3. To analyse historic, current and future use and management of forest genetic resources (WP3)

4. To provide improved tools, guidelines and recommendations for stakeholders (WP4)

5. To disseminate and communicate the project's results to stakeholders (WP5)

Effective start/end date1/01/1231/12/16


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