Institute of Forest Ecosystems
Alfred-Möller-Straße 1, Haus 41/42
Phone: +49 3334 3820 300
Fax: +49 3334 3820 354
Conservation and sustainable utilization of forest tree diversity
in climate change
Rapid changes in climatic conditions, due to global warming, are making it impossible for Central European Forest ecosystems to adapt naturally. Planting alternative tree species and utilizing the tree species’ intrinsic adaptive capacity is considered to be the most promising adaptation strategy.
Neither European nor national policies - including regional and local recommendations for seed use and regeneration - consider the challenges of climate change with respect to Central European Forests adequately. Also, national policies and a lack of data exchange on forest reproductive material impede utilization of the most suitable genetic resources and the transfer across national boundaries and thus increase the vulnerability of genetic resources in climate change.
By establishing a transnational model for seed transfer and sustainable utilization and conservation of genetic resources of forest trees, SUSTREE contributes to protection of the environment and biodiversity of the Central European forests.
SUSTREE aims to combine existing knowledge on future, climate change affected tree species distribution with existing but only nationally available knowledge on the adaptive genetic variation of species. Based on these recommendations an improved policy on forest seed legislation and practical guidelines for forest companies and nurseries are developed.
In order to demonstrate the applicability and to implement the obtained transnational guidance for conservation and utilization of genetic resources, international pilot actions with forest companies, tree nurseries and nature conservation reserves are planned. It is planned, for example, to develop application tools like a WEB-GIS or a Smartphone-App to transfer obtained results to forest and natural resource managers.
8.2016 - 7.2019
Project funding number: CE614
Project status: ongoing