Forest genetic resources
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.
Cedars of Lebanon
In April 2002 the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions Silva Mediterranea decided to maximize the most important results of the initiatives carried out. 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. The work is organized as a Silva Mediterranea working group. For more information on this subject, kindly consult the dedicated web site.