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Sectoral working groups

The Commission may establish intergovernmental technical working groups, with appropriate geographical balance, to assist in specific areas of genetic resources.

The purpose of these “sectoral working groups” is to review the status of, and issues related to, biodiversity in the areas under their respective competences, to advise and make recommendations to the Commission on these matters, to consider the progress made in implementing the Commission's programme of work and to address any other matters referred to them by the Commission.

In 1997, the Commission established the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and in 1998 the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

In 2009, the Commission established a third working group – the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources.

In 2015, the Commission established the Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture to guide the preparation of and review the first report on The State of the World’s Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture as an ad hoc group. In 2019, it decided that this working group should become one of its regular intergovernmental technical working groups.

Since 2015, the working groups have each been 28 Members Nations. The Members of the working groups are elected every two years, during regular sessions of the Commission. The terms of reference and activities of the working groups are described in their statutes.

The meetings of the working groups are held when required and no more than once annually. 

Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Members Statutes Meeting
Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Members Statutes Meeting
Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources Members Statutes Meeting
Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Members Statutes Meeting