Knowledge for Development

World’s Animal Genetic Resources Report


Date: 10/03/2015


In January 2015, the FAO’s Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) finalized the second report on the State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources Report to be published at the end of 2015. The Commission also adopted the 'Strategy for the Implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Forest Genetic Resources' and agreed on 'Elements to Facilitate Domestic Implementation of Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) for Different Sub-sectors of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.' In addition, the Commission adopted a number of tools, including Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Integration of Genetic Diversity into National Climate Change Adaptation Planning; Voluntary Guidelines for Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Policies, Programmes and National and Regional Plans of Action on Nutrition; a voluntary Guide for National Seed Policy Formulation (agreeing that nothing in this guide should be interpreted to limit farmers' rights to save, use, exchange and sell farm-saved seed/propagating material, subject to national law and as appropriate); and Guidelines for Developing a National Strategy for Plant GRFA. (IISD, 01/2015)

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