Genetic Resources Facility

Genetic Resources Facility

The Genetic Resources Facility (EFIGEN) hosts the long-standing EUFORGEN programme, the European hub for forest genetic resources, promoting research, informing policy making and networking. EFIGEN is also responsible for the communication and science-policy interface for EC-funded projects and networks related to forest genetics.
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EUFORGEN is an international cooperation programme that promotes the conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources in Europe as an integral part of sustainable forest management. Experts from member countries come together within EUFORGEN to exchange information and experience, analyse policies and practice, and develop science-based strategies, tools and methods to improve the management of forest genetic resources (FGR). EUFORGEN is hosted by EFI’s Genetic Resources Facility.

Science & Policy

We provide support and promote the dissemination of scientifically sound policy-relevant information on forests and forestry.

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Our Research

We provide interdisciplinary and cross-sector research on forest resources, products and services on a pan-European level.

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Our Members

We have representatives from forest research, industry, forest owners and international forest-related organisations.

The past and future of a unique pine population

A Greek professor of forest genetics, Phil Aravanopoulos, travels back to his place of birth, the Lesvos island. Inspired by the father of botany, Theophrastus, who was born and lived on the island, he researches the black pine forest that he cherished since he was a boy. This population of trees is now threatened by climate change.