France

National coordinator

François Lefèvre
INRA - Ecologie des Forêts Méditerranéennes
Domaine St Paul, Site Agroparc,
84914 Avignon cedex 9, France
francois.lefevre.2@inra.fr

Quick Info

Letter of Agreement signed on 28 May 2015

Member since 1994

Experts

  • Pierre Bouillon, Ministry of Agriculture, Alimentation and Forest
  • Eric Collin, IRSTEA
  • Alexis Ducousso, Genetic team UMR BIOGECO
  • Bruno Fady, INRA - Unité de Recherches `Ecologie des Forêts Méditerranéennes`
  • François Lefèvre, INRA - Ecologie des Forêts Méditerranéennes
  • Marc Villar, INRA - Unite Amélioration, génetique et physiologie forestières
  • in situ genetic conservation unit
    ex situ genetic conservation unit
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    Focal point

    Monique Guibert
    IRSTEA

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

    News from the country

    France: Preservation and use of the diversity of forest genetic resources to strengthen the adaptability of forests to climate change
    France has produced a leaflet with a set of recommendations for the preservation and use of forest genetic resources in the context of climate change....
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    EUFGIS genetic conservation unit of beech in Baigorry, France. Credit: A.Ducousso/EUFORGEN
    IUCN on track to give protected status to forest genetic conservation units
    The World Conservation Congress, held in Hawai‘i in early September, adopted a motion calling for forest genetic conservation units to be recognised...
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    Management of forest genetic resources in France

    Since 1989, France has created a national programme for conserving forest tree genetic resources. It is now steered by the National Commission of Forest Genetic Resources (CRGF) which celebrated its 20th anniversary. The CGRF involves central administration, research, public and private forest managers, NGOs. It proposes the national programme's major guidelines and priorities to the Ministry in charge of Forests. Since 2006, this programme is also part of the National Strategy for Biodiversity and it is a flagship activity in the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

    CRGF (President: F. Lefèvre; Secretary: E. Collin) has three working groups:

    • in situ conservation and impact of silviculture on the genetic resources (coord. B. Fady & B.Musch)
    • ex situ conservation and use of the collections (coord. E. Collin & M. Villar)
    • conservation of scattered species (coord. N. Frascaria-Lacoste, G. Largier & B. Musch)

    Further information

    French policy and activities for the conservation of FGR - Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of France (French)

    French policy and activities for forest reproductive material (FRM) - Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of France (French)

    French Strategy for Biodiversity - Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (French) (English)

    Those articles include a general presentation of the in situ networks of the CRGF (Valadon & Musch 2007) and papers devoted to specific conservation networks (Pinus sylvestris, Picea abies, Abies alba, Fagus sylvatica and Quercus petraea)

    Etat des Ressources Génétiques Forestières dans le Monde

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

    CRGF: 20 ans d'action et nouveaux enjeux
    CRGF has produced the proceedings of its 2011 conference for the 20 years of its creation "National Commission on FGR: 20 years of actions and new challenges" / "CRGF: 20 ans d'action et nouveaux enjeux"
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    Preservation and use of the diversity of forest genetic resources to strengthen the adaptability of forests to climate change (in English)
    Leaflet with recommendations for the preservation and use of forest genetic resources in the context of climate change
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    Preservation and use of the diversity of forest genetic resources to strengthen the adaptability of forests to climate change (in French)
    Leaflet with recommendations for the preservation and use of forest genetic resources in the context of climate change
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    Effets des interventions sylvicoles sur la diversité génétique des arbres forestiers
    Impact of silviculture on the genetic diversity of trees (a broad literature review)
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    Peuplier noir en Loire
    The black Poplar in the Loire valley
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    L'Orme lisse en Loire
    Leaflet with recommendations for the preservation and use of forest genetic resources in the context of climate change
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    EUFORGEN publications