Phase III 2005-2009

The five species networks were merged into three:

  • Conifers Network
  • Scattered Broadleaves Network – to continue the work of the Noble Hardwoods and the Populus nigra Networks.
  • Stand-forming Broadleaves Network – to continue the work of the Mediterranean Oaks Network and the Temperate Oaks and Beech Network.

During Phase III the species networks developed additional technical guidelines for genetic conservation of European tree species and finalised minimum requirements for genetic conservation units.

In 2007, the EUFGIS project (Establishment of a European Information System on Forest Genetic Resources) was launched to support the collection of data on conservation units work and to improve the documentation and management of genetic conservation units. The EUFGIS project was co-funded by the European Commission under the Council Regulation (EC) No 870/2004 on genetic resources in agriculture.

The Steering Committee also established a new thematic Forest Management Network as a response to Vienna Resolution 4 (2003).

This network focused on promoting closer integration of genetic conservation into practical forest management and national forest programmes. It carried out surveys of the policy tools countries have to promote the use of high-quality forest reproductive material and of relevant policies and practices related to genetic conservation and forest management. The Forest Management Network is a forum to discuss practical conservation of FGR and especially climate change and its implications for the use of forest reproductive material.