Summer is here and the forests are an excellent shelter from the heat and burning sun. However, forests are not self-evident; in the future we could be a witness of strong transformations of forests as a result of climate change.

Therefore, the objective of the LIFEGENMON project is to support the long-term preservation of tree adaptability to changes in the environment by developing a system for forest genetic monitoring.

The adaptability of future forest tree generations relies on conserving biodiversity on every possible level, including genetic. The conservation of forest biodiversity is the foundation for sustainable forest management. Forest genetic monitoring allows us to detect potentially harmful changes to forest genetic variability before they become visible to the human eye. Forest genetic monitoring can serve as an early warning system for threats to forest population’s adaptability and may help improve forest management decisions in the future.

That the forest is a place for everyone, the project team successfully presents through various campaigns, trainings, workshops, teaching materials, books and also computer games. In this way, project LIFEGENMON want to bring the forest closer to all generations. Visit the lobby of the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning until mid-July and flick through the hard copy materials. All those who would like to have their copy are invited to contact the project team.

The project is co-financed by the financial instrument of the European Union LIFE programme and the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia, with a total value of EUR 5,484,162. The project combines the efforts of 6 partners from 3 countries (Germany, Greece, and Slovenia); it is coordinated by the Slovenian Forestry Institute and lasts from July 2014 until June 2020.