European Information System on Forest Genetic Resources

Data standards

The data standards define the format, accuracy, quality and range of the information on the dynamic gene conservation units of forest trees that has been entered into the EUFGIS database by the national focal points. Climatic variables have been obtained automatically from the WorldClim database.

EUFGIS makes available the following data on the gene conservation units and on each population of target tree species within a unit (* indicates obligatory data)

Unit level standards

1.    Country of the unit *
2.    Unit number *
3.    National gene conservation unit number*
4.    Province or state
5.    Department or county
6.    Municipality
7.    Local name
8.    Latitude *
9.    Longitude *
10.    Restriction in making the geographical coordinates publically available
11.    Datum
12.    Polygon coordinates (if available)
13.    Minimum elevation (m)*

14.    Maximum elevation  (m)*
15.    Surface area of the unit (ha) *
16.    Ownership of the unit
17.    Type and function of the unit
18.    Monthly temperature (°C)
19.    Total annual mean precipitation (mm)
20.    Heat sum  and/or length of the growing season (in days)
21.    Accumulated moisture deficit
22.    Year of collection of the field data entered*
23.    Year of the most recent visit*
24.    Remarks on specific soil characteristics
25.    Remarks on other specific characteristics of the unit
26.    All  tree species growing in the unit*

Species level standards

27.    Target species* 
28.    Unit number *
29.    Year of collection of the field data entered*
30.    National population unit number (if existing)
31.    Year of establishment of the units for the species
32.    Year of the most recent visit*
33.    Status of the target tree population regarding the EUFORGEN common action plans
34.    Category of the population*
35.    Origin of the material*


36.    Predominant silvicultural system
37.    Level of management allowed to favour the target species
38.    Main reason for carrying out gene conservation for this species*
39.    Total number of reproducing trees per unit*
40.    Sex ratio, if appropriate
41.    Status of long-term viable regeneration
42.    Distribution of the reproducing trees in the unit
43.    Estimated share of the total area within the unit in which the species is occurring (%)*
44.    Remarks on the population

You can read the data standards in detail [here].