Coordinator: Mr Fulvio DUCCI (Italy)

Work Plan 2009 - 2012 for the Forest Genetic Resources (WG4)

Linking the forest research in the Mediterranean: A framework to improve research capacities and cooperation (Di Matteo) 

Cost Action MaP-FGR Newsletter on actions implemented in 2013 

Short Term Scientific Missions (Second Call 2013) 

Vademecum for Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) 

Call for participants to attend the training on marginal populations to be held in the context of the COST Action MaP-FGR (FP1202) 

COST project proposal adopted by COST (March 2012) 

Minutes of the first Management Committee (Brussels) 

Minutes of the Kick Off meeting of the project MaP-FGR (Rome) 

Forest Genetic Resources Work Plan for 2009 - 2012 

Silva Mediterranea Newsletter - Special Focus on Forest Genetic Resources 

Mediterranean Forest Genetic Resources Databases

Link to the database on Mediterranean Trials

Link to the database FORADAPT

Mediterranean conifers

In the early 1970s many initiatives were launched by the various countries of the Mediterranean basin regarding the exchange of forest seed and the establishment of plantations to compare species, provenances and progeny. Such initiatives sought to identify the sources of the seed most suited to local environmental conditions. No information is available on the present status of many of these trials, and international literature mentions only a few publications. It is feared that unless special attention is paid to this issue, the trials and their results, whether actual or potential, will be lost for good - despite the fact that the choice of appropriate species and provenances affects the success of reforestation and forest and environmental regeneration.

In April 2002 the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions Silva Mediterranea decided to maximize the most important results of the initiatives carried out, starting with those concerning Mediterranean conifers. A large number of the trials on these species (pines, cedars, firs and cypresses) were established under a joint initiative of Silva Mediterranea and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).

France (the General Directorate of Forestry and Rural Affairs of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Rural Affairs) decided to support these initiatives, entrusting scientific coordination within the country to the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). Other countries agreed to take part in the project by collecting data at a national level and supporting research efforts linked with the validation and publication of data, as well as the coordination of scientific summaries.

FAO also undertook to support the work, with the endorsement of Silva Mediterranea member countries, with a view to preparing and publishing a scientific and technical summary that would take stock of comparative trials of conifer species and provenances in the Mediterranean basin.

last updated:  Tuesday, November 4, 2014