The declaration of mission of the Forestry Work Committee of PGBC

In addition to various agricultural professional fields, forestry also plays a role in the activity of PGBC as an independent Committee. The Forestry Committee of PGBC was founded in Sárvár on September 20, 1996. The committee consists of the representatives of forest research, education, management, inspection and administration, aswell as nature conservation (State Forest Service, Forest Research Institute, Hortobágy Non-profit Company for Nature Protection and Gene Conservation, KEFAG Ltd. Forest Seed Centre, University of West Hungary – Faculty of Forestry, National Agricultural Qualifying Institute – Horticultural and Forestry Department). The significance of this diversity is justified by the necessity of professional collaboration that should be realized through multiple dialogue and co-operation of the various professional fields in the interest of the objectives of domestic forest gene conservation. The participants of the committee decided that in addition to the official objectives, Forestry Committee of PGBC has to fulfill additional tasks that are relevant to forestry. 

In line with the above statements, the Committee has compiled the list of tree species that are relevant to gene conservation and determined the urgency of the conservation works of the species – temporarily as internal work material. Another list was prepared about the most important and urgent tasks of the near future. More effective communication of genetic interests and values and the development of a long-term national forest gene conservation program are among the tasks.  

There was a general agreement that gene conservation is in human interest, its task is to satisfy long-term sustainable management and economic needs – e.g. to increase crops, the security of the harvest, maintain ecological stability, etc. Therefore  forest gene conservation is only partially related to in situ protective activities of nature conservation, or to the network of forest reserves (monitoring natural forest dynamics, ecological and evolutional modelling). 

The long-term and at the same time most important objective of gene conservation in forestry is to maintain and facilitate the evolutionary and adaptive potential of forestry species. Further, its task is to conserve the populations and individuals that are important and are recognised from the perspective of management as valued genetic resources.


Forestry Committee of the Plant Gene Bank Council.     


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