The management and organization of this COST Action include:
- the Management Committee (MC): it is responsible for the coordination of national research inimplementation of the Action, with the support of WG4 for all networking activities (conferences,workshops, training schools, web toolbox, open access databases, reports, publications, STSMs). The MC identifies and discusses the topics of the training schools, workshop and conferences during the meetings and an “ad hoc” Scientific Management Team (SMT) will be nominated for each event. The MC identified its rules during the kick-off meeting according to the COST regulations. Each National Representative of the MC indicated the expert to be nominated within each WP.
- four Working Groups (WGs): during the kick-off meeting, the four Working Groups were established and their composition identified; a chair and vice-chair were chosen by the Management Committee based on their expertise.
The Management Committee relies on Working Groups to implement the Action. Each Working Group is focused on one or more tasks or a transverse activity and proposed a detailed work plan. The chair of each group is invited to participate in the Management Committee for a better follow up of tasks.
The COST Action is organized in order that the four working groups coordinate in an integrated way for developing tasks. Task 1 and Task 2 are developed to supply basic data, maps and scenarios concerning climate and species by WG1 and WG2. WG3 are processing the information collected and produced in the framework of Task 2 and Task 3, in order to develop common criteria, principles and guidelines. WG4 represents the connection between Management Committee and the other Working Groups and it takes care of Task 4 for training, dissemination and all networking activities:
- a Core Group including the Chair, Vice Chair and WG leaders
- a Steering Committee (SC) is nominated for monitoring the output and progress of the Action,made of: Chair, Vice-Chair, Leaders of the four Working Groups, two External Members (one scientific and one management expert on FGR) and a Stakeholder Advisory Group. The SC meets at least once a year with MC and WG leaders.
M1. Kick-off meeting and establishment of the Management Committee (including the nomination of Chair, vice Chair) and Working Groups (nomination of WP leaders) (by the end of month 3)
M2. Selection of relevant species and MaP populations for methodological aspects of Task 3 (by the end of month 12).
M3. Web-site operational (by the end of month 12)
M4. Climate, soil and topographic information for the distribution area of the selected species and MaP populations (by the end of month 12)
M5. Organization of the first training school on the impact of global change on FGR and, particularly, on MaP FGR (by the end of month 8). Additional training schools will be organized according to the needs identified by COST Action participants.
M6. Database of FGR established or updated (depending on species) for the selected species and MaP populations (by the end of month 24)
M7. Genetic diversity and adaptive variability data for the selected species and MaP populations (by the end of month 24)
M8. Overlaid maps of species range, current climate change scenarios and genetic diversity parameters (by the end of month 36)
M9. Production of guidelines on MaP FGR sustainable use and conservation (by the end of month 40)
M10. Joint workshop with scientists, stakeholders and policy makers for discussion and approval of recommendations and guidelines on MaP FGR sustainable use and conservation (by the end of month 44)
M11. Final conference (by the end of month 48)
Chair of the Action
Dr Fulvio DUCCI (IT)
Senior Research Officer,
Council for Research and Experimentation on Agriculture, Forestry Research Centre – CRA SEL,
Vice Chair of the Action
Dr Kevin DONNELLY (UK)
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC),
Management Committee members
Non COST participants
EU and International bodies Participants
Gathering of already available data and compilation of ecological, genetic and global change information, and particularly climate effects, on FGR and distribution of MaP populations (e.g. climatic scenarios and models, forest decline maps, lists of endangered
materials). WG1 includes climatologists, soil scientists, ecologists and geneticists and Is mainly focused on Task 1 and Task 2.
Evaluation and analysis of WG1 information (e.g. genetic diversity maps per species/populations, methodology for evaluation of FGR diversity, compilation of databases of relevant institutions, genetic material, trials and networks, gaps of information).
Standardization of methods. Meta-analysis of the data to identify common and divergent trends of FGR response to global change. WG2 includes ecologists, geneticists and silviculturists and focuses on Task 2 and Task 3
Mainstreaming genetic diversity into sustainable forest management in the context of global change, considering both conservation and use of FGR. WG3 includes breeders, geneticists, ecologists, silviculturists, forest managers and policy makers and it focuses on Task 3
Coordination and organization of all networking, databases management, training and communication activities: conferences, workshops, training schools, web toolbox, open access databases, reports, publications, STSMs. WG4 provides the integrative approach of the Action and focuses on Task 4