1. Nomination of a National Focal Point
Each participating country is invited to officially nominate a National Focal Point to coordinate the preparation of their Country Report on the state of biodiversity for food and agriculture. The name and contact details of the appointed National Focal Points should be communicated to the Secretariat of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (SOW-BFA@fao.org).
2. Ensuring a collaborative process
a) Establishment of a National Committee to oversee the preparation of the Country Report
Countries are encouraged to establish a National Committee to oversee the preparation of their Country Report. Involving relevant institutions and stakeholders and preparing the report through a consultative process are central for the sense of ownership, the quality of the information and the implementation of the findings of the process.
Given the cross-sectoral nature of the Country Report, it is recommended that the National Committee includes as many representative stakeholders from different sectors as practical (fisheries and aquaculture, forest, livestock and plants and those able to support analysis of associated biodiversity), representing government, research and civil society. It is also recommended that the National Committee includes a gender specialist as well as an expert on economic issues, preferably with a natural resource management, environmental economics, or other relevant background.
b) Establishment of working groups
The National Committee may find it useful to establish cross-sectoral and/or inter-departmental/inter-ministerial working groups to compile data and information for specific sections or to write specific chapters of the Country Report. It is recommended that such working groups include experts who can provide technical knowledge on the topic in question.
c) Facilitation of broader stakeholder review
The National Focal Point coordinates the preparation of the first draft of the Country Report, which should be reviewed by the National Committee. The National Focal Point may also wish to facilitate a broader stakeholder review of the Country Report, involving stakeholders from various ministries, departments, NGOs, research institutions and stakeholders with experiential knowledge, such as groups or associations of farmers, pastoralists, forest dwellers and fisher folk.
3. Finalizing and submitting the Country Report
Following the review by the National Committee and other relevant stakeholders, the National Focal Point coordinates the finalization of the Country Report, submits it to the government for official endorsement and transmits it to FAO in one of the Organization’s official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) at the following address:
Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome, Italy
Fax: +39 0657055246