Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Global Instruments





Monitoring

World Information and Early Warning System on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The World Information and Early Warning System (WIEWS)  is a worldwide dynamic mechanism to foster information exchange among Members. By gathering and disseminating information on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, WIEWS supports the periodic assessment of The State of the World’s Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

WIEWS presently consists of:

  • A number of relational databases, resulting from direct contributions from Members and from routine and event-related  data collating activities;
  • A Global Network of Country Correspondents on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture nominated by Members;
  • A repository directory of documents and proceedings related to:
    • The activities of the Global Network on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Information Exchange;
    • The Early Warning System on Genetic Erosion; and
    • The Global Plan of Action.

 

Domestic Animal Diversity Information System

The Domestic Animal Diversity Information System (DAD-IS) is a communication and information tool for the management of animal genetic resources for food and agriculture. It aims at assisting countries in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources.

DAD-IS provides the user with searchable databases of breed-related information and images, management tools, a library of references and links, and contact details of Regional and National Coordinators for the Management of Animal Genetic Resources. DAD-IS is the centre of a global network of stand-alone information systems (FABISnet).  DAD-IS and the global network have been established in order to involve, coordinate and assist governments, international agencies, NGOs, and training and research groups throughout the world; and to help achieve better management of animal genetic resources in all countries. The system is hosted by FAO.

 

REFORGEN

REFORGEN is the FAO global information system on forest genetic resources. It has been developed for use by national institutions who, at the same time, are main providers of the information in the system. REFORGEN will be further developed as a supportive tool for the preparation of The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources.

The database contains information on forest tree species and their genetic management. Information is divided in two major groups:

  • data by species, with related activities in a given country;
  • data on institutions dealing with forest genetic resources in a given country.