european forest genetic resources programme

Related Information

FAO State of the Forest Genetic Resources in Finland 2011


Forest genetic resource management in Finland



Finland’s National strategy for adaptation to climate change



For additional information, please contact  Mari Rusanen


Norway spruce gene reserve at
Koli National Park
Photo: T. Nikkanen

National Coordinator

Mari Rusanen
Finnish Forest Research Institute
P.O. Box 18
email email

Experts contributing to EUFORGEN working groups

Sanna Paanukoski, (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Forestry, Government, Helsinki), Mari Rusanen, (Finnish Forest Research Institute, Vantaa), Leena Yrjänä, (Metla, Vantaa Research Unit, Vantaa)

EUFGIS Focal Point

Leena Yrjänä, (Metla, Vantaa Research Unit, Vantaa)

Management of forest genetic resources in Finland

The genetic conservation of forest trees in Finland started as a project in the Finnish Forest Research Institute in the early 1990’s. The first gene reserve forest was selected in 1992. The National Programme on Plant Genetic Resources in Agriculture and Forestry (in Finnish: ) was published in 2001. This programme defines the targets and  the general organisation for the management of genetic resources, covering agricultural and horticultural plants as well as forest trees. The responsible organisations are MTT Agrifood Research Finland together with Metla (Finnish Forest Research Institute)  and the work  is supervised by the Council on Genetic Resources in Agriculture and Forestry. As a core task, the forest gene conservation programme has established in situ  networks of gene reserve forests for all the main tree species and dynamic ex situ collections for the scattered tree species.

Further information

Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira is responsible for the control of the trade on forest reproductive material.

National Forest Programme:

National strategy for adptation to climate change:

National Strategy and Action Plan for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity  (in English)  (in Finnish)

The Forest Biodiversity Programme for Southern Finland (METSO) 2008-2016

NordGen Forest serves as a Nordic meeting place in the fields of forest genetics and genetic resources, supply of seeds and plants, and methods for regeneration.