Different willow species in the Genebank of trees and shrubs near Dronten. Photo: Sven de Vries

National coordinator

Joukje Buiteveld
Centre for Genetic Resources Netherlands
P.O. Box 47
P.O. Box 47
6700 AA Wageningen, Netherlands

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Letter of Agreement signed on 28 Dec 2014

Member since 1994


  • Joukje Buiteveld , Centre for Genetic Resources Netherlands
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    Centre for Genetic Resources Netherlands

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

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    Management of forest genetic resources in The Netherlands

    The genetic conservation of forest trees in The Netherlands started as a side activity of several selection and tree breeding projects in the Dutch Forest Research Institute “De Dorschkamp” in Wageningen in 1947.Genebanks were established for poplar, willow and elm, in order to supply the breeding programs with a variety of genetic material.

    Today the responsibility for the conservation of FGR is a combined effort of the Centre for Genetic Resources Netherlands (CGN) and the State Forest Service (SBB). This cooperation resulted in the establishment of a genebank of trees and shrubs on State Forest land, near Dronten, in 2006. The CGN is financed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs under a five-year contract also covering national activities on the conservation and utilization of plant and animal genetic resources for food and agriculture.

    Further information

    The National Program on Conservation and Sustainable use of Genetic Diversity can be found in the policy document of the Dutch Government 'Sources of Existence' with data from 2002, covers agricultural plants and animals in addition to forestry issues.

    Sources of Existence: Conservation and the sustainable use of genetic diversity Policy document of the Government of The Netherlands [English version] [Dutch version] (original title: Bronnen van ons bestaan - behoud en duurzaam gebruik van genetische diversiteit).

    Centre for Genetic Resources Netherlands (CGN)

    State Forest Service (SBB)

    Genebank of trees and shrubs (Dutch)

    Information on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Conservation and Sustainable Use of Genetic Diversity, Standard Material Transfer Agreement and Examples of agreements regarding access and benefit sharing in the Netherlands can be found here.

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


    External publications

    Genetic Resources of plants, animals and trees in The Netherlands
    (in English)
    Bomen aan den einder
    Publication on the role of trees and forest management through the ages and stands still at the current importance of FGR and their conservation (in Dutch)
    Inhemse Bomen in Struiken
    The history of indigenous trees and shrubs in the Netherlands, this publication gives directions on how these species could best be used in order to preserve them for the future (in Dutch)

    EUFORGEN publications