Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU)

National legal and institutional arrangements for ex situ conservation of animal genetic resources

Regional workshop
23-26 May 2012, Zagreb, Croatia

Ex situ conservation is a valuable component of a national plan for the management of animal genetic resources, particularly as a complement to in situ conservation. By definition, ex situ conservation involves the transfer of genetic resources out of their “natural” environments, and ownership of the material may often change as well. Therefore, special policies and institutional arrangements are needed to ensure fair access and benefit sharing. Also, ex situ conservation is usually not financially self-sustainable, and particular planning and coordination is required to ensure efficiency. If transboundary breeds are involved, planning on a multi-country basis is required.
To address these issues and provide capacity building, FAO (headquarters and the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia) teamed with the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) and the European Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources (ERFP) to present a workshop on the legal and institutional arrangements for ex situ conservation. The workshop was held from 23 to 26 May 2012 in Zagreb, Croatia, and was hosted by the Department of Animal Science and Technology in the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Zagreb.
The workshop brought together scientists from eastern and was western Europe and was attended by 48 persons from 30 countries. Each country was requested to prepare a brief report on its ex situ conservation programme, and selected countries presented their reports at the workshop. The workshop also included expert presentations on technical and policy-related issues, a field visit, and meetings at which countries planned for regional ex situ conservation activities.

For more information (including all presentations) please visit the ERFP web site.