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:
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 Bioversity International.
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.