The tallest (43,6 m) Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) tree in Estonia (in Järvselja) Photo: T.Maaten

National coordinator

Tiit Maaten
Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering
Kreutzwaldi 5
51014 Tartu, Estonia

Quick Info

Letter of Agreement signed on 09 Jan 2015

Member since 1994


  • Kristel Järve, Ministry of the Environment
  • Tiit Maaten, Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering
  • in situ genetic conservation unit
    ex situ genetic conservation unit
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    Focal point

    Kristel Järve
    Ministry of the Environment

    The European Information System on Forest Genetic Resources (EUFGIS) provides geo-referenced and harmonized data on genetic conservation units of forest trees in Europe.

    Management of forest genetic resources in Estonia

    Conservation of Forest Genetic Resources (FGR) started in Estonia in 1985, when Estonia was a part of the Soviet Union. Target species for conservation were and are the most important species from economical and ecological point of view: Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), Norway spruce (Picea abies) and Silver birch (Betula pendula).

    The institution responsible for conservation of FGR is the Ministry of Environment. Principles of FGR conservation are stated in the Estonian Forest Policy. There are ten gene reserves in Estonia altogether comprising 2860 ha.

    Further information

    More about conservation of forest genetic resources in Europe and in Estonia here

    Estonian Forestry Development Plan 2020 (in Estonian)

    Country report for the FAO First State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources


    EUFORGEN publications