The second phase of EUFORGEN started on 1 January 2000 for a period of five years. As of October 2000, twenty-five countries had renewed their commitment through Letters of Agreement with the Programme. Five networks are operating during this second phase, some of them with a wider thematic and geographical scope than during the first phase. These networks deal respectively with Populus nigra; Conifers; Social Broadleaves; Mediterranean Oaks and Noble Hardwoods, and some of their main activities are summarised below.
The main items on the agenda of the recent informal meeting of Chairs of all EUFORGEN Networks, FAO and IPGRI were the harmonization of network activities and a preliminary discussion on the development of a system of in situ gene conservation areas for several target forest tree species throughout their distribution areas.
Populus nigra Network. Report of the fifth meeting, 5-8 May 1999, Kyiv, Ukraine. Compiled by J. Turok, F. Lefèvre, S. de Vries, B. Heinze, R. Volosyanchuk and E. Lipman. International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Rome, Italy (E).
Social Broadleaves Network. Report of the second meeting, 3-6 June 1999, Birmendsorf, Switzerland. Compiled by J. Turok, A. Kremer, L. Paule, P. Bonfils and E. Lipman. International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Rome, Italy (E).
2000 Populus nigra Network. 2000. Report of the sixth meeting, 6-8 February 2000, Isle sur La Sorgue, France. Compiled by S. Borelli, S. de Vries, F. Lefèvre and J.Turok. International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Rome, Italy (E).
Copies of the above publications can be obtained from IPGRI, Via delle Sette Chiese 142, 00145, Rome, Italy, Fax (39) 06 575 0309, Email: [email protected].
More information on EUFORGEN can be found at: http://www.ipgri.cgiar.org/networks/euforgen/euf_home.htm