Decision support tool for the management of dynamic genetic conservation units

This working group are further developing the  decision support tool (53 KB) to aid the management of the genetic conservation units, building on “Approaches to the conservation of forest genetic resources in Europe in the context of climate change”. In that study, the working group considered a wide range of potential threats and developed a preliminary decision support tool to aid the identification and management of populations most in need of conservation. The proposed decision support tool presented in the report was a preliminary draft.

Such a tool will be helpful in developing a red list of threatened tree populations of European tree species. The novelty consists in the focus on tree populations rather than species. This red list is needed to guide future conservation efforts. The main objective of the working group is to identify threats at species and population level, which will guide the definition of priorities for conservation. The working group was also tasked to include introduced tree species important for forestry in several European countries. 

Selected members of the working group will attend the final meeting of the COST Action on marginal populations to build on its main findings and outputs.

In this short video Colin Kelleher, the leader of the EUFORGEN working group on the conservation of forest genetic resources in the context of climate change, summarizes the main findings of the group's study. He explains the utility of the 'decision cascade tool' elaborated as part of the study.

The first meeting of the working group on the decision support tool took place on 24-28 October 2016 in Rome, Italy. The second meeting took place on 29-31 August 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Read the report of the first meeting

Selected experts

Chairs: Andreas Rudow (Switzerland)  Marjana Westergren (Slovenia)  

Davorin Kajba (Croatia)  Václav Buriánek (Czech Republic)  Kristel Järve (Estonia)  Leena Yrjänä (Finland)  Marc Villar (France)  Mirko Liesebach (Germany)  László Nagy (Hungary)  Colin Kelleher (Ireland)  Fulvio Ducci (Italy)  Virgilijus Baliuckas (Lithuania)  Miron Aliona (Moldova)  Joukje Buiteveld (Netherlands)  Srdjan Stojnić (Serbia)  Burcu Cengel (Turkey)  Joan Cottrell (United Kingdom)  

E-Mail contributors

Berthold Heinze (Austria)  Josef Frýdl (Czech Republic)  Jaroslav DOSTÁL (Czech Republic)  Gunnar Friis Proschowsky (Denmark)  Bruno Fady (France)  Jutta Buschbom (Germany)  Heike Liesebach (Germany)  Ervin Rasztovits (Hungary)  Gerry Douglas (Ireland)  Mari Mette Tollefsrud (Norway)  Kjersti Bakkebø Fjellstad (Norway)  Marcin Beza (Poland)  Roman Longauer (Slovakia)  Hojka Kraigher (Slovenia)  Gregor Bozič (Slovenia)  Ana Jurše (Slovenia)  Peter Rotach (Switzerland)  Yasemin Tayanç (Turkey)  

First meeting of the working group on a decision support tool for the management of the genetic conservation units network
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Approaches to the conservation of forest genetic resources in Europe in the context of climate change
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