Acorn from Quercus. Photo: EUFORGEN

EUFORGEN – the European Forest Genetic Resources Programme – is an international cooperation programme that promotes the conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources in Europe as an integral part of sustainable forest management. It was established in 1994 as a result of a resolution adopted in 1990 by the first Ministerial Conference of the Forest Europe process.

Experts from member countries come together within EUFORGEN to exchange information and experience, analyse policies and practice, and develop science-based strategies, tools and methods to improve the management of forest genetic resources (FGR).

The Programme contributes to the implementation of Forest Europe commitments on FGR and to relevant decisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). EUFORGEN also contributes to the implementation of regional strategic priorities of the Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources (GPA-FGR) and provides inputs to European and global assessments. In addition, EUFORGEN serves as a platform for developing and implementing European projects on FGR and coordinating existing initiatives.

In addition, EUFORGEN is:

  • a unique platform for the exchange of information. This allows dialogue among science, policy and practice to identify policy needs, to develop strategies and to define priorities.
  • a data provider and active contributor to the State of Europe’s Forests reports, allowing precise and realistic assessments and monitoring progress in the field.
  • an implementing mechanism of Forest Europe, with responsibility to implement, report on, track and adaptively manage international initiatives. EUFORGEN also facilitates cross-level forest governance.
  • a vehicle to identify obstacles to progress and to link researchers and policy makers.

EUFORGEN is funded by the member countries and its activities are mainly carried out through working groups and workshops. The EUFORGEN Steering Committee is composed of National Coordinators nominated by the member countries. The Secretariat is hosted by the European Forest Institute.

This short film reflects some achievements of the pan-European collaboration on forest genetic resources since 1994. Two National Coordinators of EUFORGEN, Sven de Vries (Netherlands) and Jason Hubert (United Kingdom) share their experiences and explain why EUFORGEN is needed.