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MAIN RESULTS OF THE WG 4 “Forest Genetic Resources in the Mediterranean region” FOR THE PERIOD 2008– 2012 21 ST SESSION OF THE COMMITTEE ON MEDITERRANEAN FORESTRY QUESTIONS – SILVA MEDITERRANEA Ducci Fulvio – Antalya – 02/03 February 2012.

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Preparation of the work plan of wg4 to be presented in chania gr

MAIN RESULTS OF THE WG 4 “Forest Genetic Resources in the Mediterranean region” FOR THE PERIOD 2008– 201221ST SESSION OF THE COMMITTEE ON MEDITERRANEAN FORESTRY QUESTIONS – SILVA MEDITERRANEADucci Fulvio – Antalya – 02/03 February 2012


Preparation of the work plan of wg4 to be presented in chania gr

  • Preparation of the Work Plan of WG4 to be presented in Chania (GR).

  • Organization of the workshopon ‘’Forest Genetic Resources in the Mediterranean Region’’ in Chania – Greece - with the ‘’Centre International des Hautes Etudes Agronimiques Méditerranéennes’’ (CIHEAM), EFIMED and FAO (24 - 26 November 2009).

  • Organization of the workshopon ‘’Strengthening conservation and management of forest genetic resources (FGR): a key issue for adaptation of Mediterranean forests to environmental changes’’in Tunis (Tunisia) withINRGREF, CIHEAM and the General Directorate in charge of Forest Ecosystems in Tunisia (10 - 12 March 2010) – See the Silva Mediterranea Newsletter 3. In preparation of the COST action Ned FGR….

  • Publication of the book entitled ‘’Status of the Experimental Network of Mediterranean Forest Genetic Resources’’ based on the articles presented by Mediterranean FGR experts during the Conference held in Arezzo (21 – 23 June 2007).

  • Launch of this bookon FGRat the occasion of the ceremony organized for the 100th Anniversary of Silva Mediterranea during the II MFW in Avignon (5 -8 April 2011).


Preparation of the work plan of wg4 to be presented in chania gr

  • Preparation of several project proposals on FGR(FFEM and Cost Instrument 2011/2012):

  • Preparation and submission of the project proposal EUR-MedFGR(Strengthening conservation and management of forest genetic resources (FGR): a key issue for adaptation of Mediterranean forests to environmental changes’’) to the Cost Action Instrument (July 2010 – Full proposal rejected by EU in November 2010): justification was “too regionally addressed”

  • Preparation and submission of the Component 1 of the project proposal ‘’optimization of the goods and services provided by Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems in the context of Global Changes’’ to the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM - 2.65 million Euros –November 2011). This Component 1 is focused on ‘’Production of data and tools supporting decision making and management relating to vulnerability of Mediterranean forest ecosystems to climate change impacts and their adapting capacities’’ (FFEM – 500 000 Euros – Project approved in November 2011);

  • Organisation of specific activities (training, workshops, short term experts....) to help South Mediterranean countries to prepare by the end of 2012 their country reports for the first State Of the World Forest Genetic Resources (SOW, Workshop organized in Hammamet in 2011);

  • Preparation and submission of the project proposal MaP-FGR (Strengthening conservation: a key issue for adaptation of marginal/peripheral populations of forest tree to climate change in Europe)to the Cost Instrument (Full proposal submitted in January 2012); deadline 27.01.2012.


Preparation of the work plan of wg4 to be presented in chania gr

The project proposal MaP-FGR (Strengthening conservation: a key issue for adaptation of marginal/peripheral populations of forest tree to climate change in Europe) :

Strategically, we have reviewed the proposition concepts, we didn’t talk about Mediterranean forest genetic resources, we talked about European Map-FGR... Marginal Forest populations especially in the southern borders…) we propose as a sounding exercise for everybody, especially the central-northern Europeans…

77 Research Officers from 19 Countries agreed to participate on the proposal: geneticists, breeders, bio-climatologists, specialist of sylviculture… in order to have a holystic approach.

Med Countries: Algeria, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey.

Nordic Countries : Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom.


Preparation of the work plan of wg4 to be presented in chania gr

  • AGENDA OF THE WORKING GROUP FOR THE PERIOD 2012 – 2013

  • Component 1:Improvement of National Forest Genetic Resources Strategies and Forest Genetic Resources Country Report

  • Training: Regional workshop, regional training for researchers/forest managers and exchange of experiences / study tours are organized for South Mediterranean countries (Maghreb and Middle East) to help them to promote and develop National Forest Genetic Resources Strategies in National Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change; Feasible

  • Preparation of guidelines for forest managers to integrate Forest Genetic Resources strategies in silvicultural and forest management and restoration practices; Feasible

  • Organisation of specific activities (training, workshops, short term experts....) to help South Mediterranean countries to prepare by the end of 2012 their country reports for the first State Of the World Forest Genetic Resources (SOW). Feasible


Preparation of the work plan of wg4 to be presented in chania gr

  • 2.1. Mediterranean Forest Genetic Resources Databases

  • Each government should supply lists of contacts/coordinators at national level and skills as well as available equipment should be listed to provide a complete view of forces at the disposal of the Silva Mediterranea Working Group ;

  • Creation of a list with short descriptions of different conservation actions with special reference to climate change ;

  • All maps and data concerning vulnerability assessments, impacts assessment of climate change on Mediterranean forest ecosystems, species and forest genetic resources should be collected, possibly geo-referenced in GIS and used to produce a pan-Mediterranean map of possible scenariosof environmental changes. Feasible partially with FFEM

2.2. Ex situ conservation networks in Mediterranean countries

Updating DB within the framework of the earlier Silva Mediterranea Working Group done for Conifers (INRA – Avignon);

Organization of seminars, workshops and parallel SM meetings of researchers in order to train research officers on the topics of this WG and to agree on common approaches and methods of registration of indicator traits related to Adaptation and to Phenotypic plasticity; Feasible if the Cost Action accepted by European Union

Choice of experimental sites which in the future will host common Forest Genetic Resources. Phenology (growth, hardening, flowering etc.), droughttolerance, frost avoidance, cambial activity, survival etc... using FRM chosen a priori by considering the priorities suggested. Feasible partially with FFEM

  • 2.3. New methodologies for conservation (including in situ conservation methods)

  • Capacity building of breeders and specialists in the fields specified in this work plan 2012-2013;

  • Organization of a "summer school" each year in Arezzo (ITALY) in collaboration with Trees4Future and Euforgen networks;

  • Investigation and test of surveying methods concerning the effects of climate change on Forest Genetic Resources;

  • Re-establishment of populations in environments where it will be possible to start dynamics.


Preparation of the work plan of wg4 to be presented in chania gr

  • 2.4. Species targeted for conservation and genetic management in Mediterranean area

  • Selection of species considered as priority model;

  • Choice in this second list a third level of the highest priority;

  • Distribution maps, possibly geo-referenced. To be overlaid on the pan-Mediterranean climatic map.

  • Feasible only partially with FFEM (Feasible totally with Cost Action)

2.5. Regional agreements for ex situ conservation in Mediterranean area. Feasible ?

  • 2.6. Sustainable financial resources to support regional strategy for conservation of Mediterranean Forest Genetic Resources

  • Development of small exploratory projects (these projects could be national or cooperative research programmes)?

  • Development and implementation of projects aimed to develop specific aspects of research on specified model species?

Component 3: Test of new in situ conservation methodologies for the most critical landscapes/species in the Mediterranean

Feasible upon funding of focused programmes supported by Partners/Members.


Preparation of the work plan of wg4 to be presented in chania gr

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