Germany

National coordinator

Bernd Degen
Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute
Sieker Landstrasse 2
22927 Grosshansdorf, Germany
bernd.degen@thuenen.de

Quick Info

Letter of Agreement signed on 23 Feb 2015

Member since 1994

Experts

  • Heike Liesebach, Thünen Institute of Forest Genetics
  • Jutta Buschbom, Thünen Institute of Forest Genetics
  • Mirko Liesebach, Thünen Institute of Forest Genetics
  • Volker Schneck, Johann Heinrich von Thuenen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries
  • in situ genetic conservation unit
    ex situ genetic conservation unit
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    Focal point

    Michaela Haverkamp
    Federal Office for Agriculture and Food

    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 Germany

    Approximately 11.1 million hectares, 30% of the German landscape, is covered by forest with spruce, pine, beech and oak being the most important tree species. Since 1987 the „Concept for the Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Forest Genetic Resources in the Federal Republic of Germany“ is the key document regarding the conservation of German forests. The measures described are based on the significance of genetic diversity and the endangerment of the gene pool of tree and woody shrub species. It serves as National Programme for Forest Genetic Resources in Germany.

    In 1985, a Federal and State Working-Group “Forest Genetic Resources” has been established. In this group experts from the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries (Thünen Institute), the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) and the Forest Research Centres, representing the 16 states of Germany, are included. The group has developed the above mentioned concept for the conservation of forest genetic resources. Twice a year there are meetings in order to discuss the progress and next actions. The Federal and State Working-Group, as an advisory group, implements projects within a five-year action plan in order to fulfil the main priorities of the National Programme. The current action plan (2013 - 2018) puts emphasis on activities such as:

    • Conservation of forest genetic resources,
    • Research on adaptation to climate change and
    • Genetic monitoring of forest genetic resources.

    The federal states of Germany have the responsibility for the management of the forests and for the conservation of forest genetic resources. However, specific support programmes are organised and financed on the federal level. The Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) provides technical and administrative support e.g. the development and maintenance of a web page and financial management of research programmes.

    Further information

    Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) 

    Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries 

    GENRES - Information System Genetic Resources 

    National Forest Inventory 

    More information in German

    Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL) - Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) 

    Bundeswaldgesetz - Gesetz zur Erhaltung des Waldes und zur Förderung der Forstwirtschaft - Federal Forest Law - Law for the preservation of the forest and for the promotion of forestry 

    Forstvermehrungsgutgesetz (FoVG) - Act on Forest Reproductive Material

    Thünen Institut Bundesforschungsinstitut für Ländliche Räume, Wald und Fischerei - Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries 

    Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung (BLE) - Federal Office for Agriculture and Food

    Bund-Länder-Arbeitsgruppe 'Forstliche Genressourcen und Forstsaatgutrecht' (BLAG-FGR) - Federal and State Working-Group 'Forest Genetic Resources and Legislation on Forest Reproduktive Material' 

    GENRES - Informationssystem Genetische Ressourcen - Information System Genetic Resources (English)

    FGRDEU - Bestände forstgenetischer Ressourcen in Deutschland – Database of forest genetic resources in Germany

    Datenbank Naturwaldreservate in Deutschland - Database of strict forest reserves in Germany 

    Bundeswaldinventur - National Forest Inventory

    Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald - Association for protection of German forests 

     

     

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

    English
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    External publications

    Report (2019-2013) of the Federal and State Working-Group „Forest Genetic Resources and Forest Seed Law“
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    EUFORGEN publications