EUFORGEN as an instrument for the conservation of European forest genetic resources

S.M.G. de Vries

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Following the Ministerial Conference for the Protection of Forest in Europe, held in Strasbourg in 1990, and more specifically its Resolution No. 2 concerning the conservation of forest genetic resources EUFORGEN (European Forest Genetic Resources Programme) was established. EUFORGEN is a collaborative programme among European countries aimed at ensuring the effective conservation and the sustainable utilisation of forest genetic resources in Europe. It is financed by participating countries (33 at the time of February 2004) and is co-ordinated by IPGRI (International Plant Genetic Resources Institute) in collaboration with the Forestry Department of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). The programme operates through networks in which forest geneticists and other forestry specialists work together to analyse needs, exchange experiences and develop conservation objectives and methods for selected species. Considerable efforts have been made to enhance conservation of forest genetic resources and to promote sustainable forest management in Europe over the past decade. The need to enhance of genetic conservation emerged from a concern on the impacts of environmental pollution and genetic erosion on forest ecosystems in the late 1980's. The concept of sustainable forest management, in a broader sense, gained ground in Europe after the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 paid special attention to the role of forest ecosystems in maintaining and conserving biological diversity. Several Ministerial Conferences on the Protection of Forests in Europe were organised in the 1990's and this was a major political process pushing forward improvements in these two areas. In 1994, the European Forest Genetic Resources Programme was set up as an implementation mechanism of the Strasbourg Resolution (1990) on conservation of forest genetic resources. In the same year, Pan-European Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management were also adopted following the Helsinki Resolution (1993) on sustainable forest management
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForest genetics and its contribution to sustainability in forestry and to consumer protection; proceedings of the symposium held at Hamburg from February 18-19, 2004 on the occasion of the retirement of Hans-J. Muhs
EditorsG. von Wuehlisch
Place of PublicationHamburg (Germany)
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventSymposium on the occasion of the retirement of Hans-J. Muhs; Hamburg (Germany) -
Duration: 18 Feb 200419 Feb 2004


ConferenceSymposium on the occasion of the retirement of Hans-J. Muhs; Hamburg (Germany)

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