National Information Sharing Mechanism
on Plant Genetic Resources
for Food and Agriculture




THE STATE OF PGRFA
1st Report (1995)
2nd Report (2006)
National Mechanism Database

WHAT'S NEW
International Conference on Diversity, characterization and utilization of plant genetic resources for enhanced resilience to climate change Genetic Resources Institute of ANAS, Baku, 3-4 October 2011.
Establishment of the National Information Sharing Mechanism and preparation of PGRFA Country Report. Institute of Botany, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Baku, 7 December 2006.
Description

The Global Plan of Action for the Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was formally adopted by representatives of 150 countries, including Azerbaijan, during the International Technical Conference on Plant Genetic Resources held in Leipzig in 1996. The Conference also adopted the Leipzig Declaration, which focuses on the importance of plant genetic resources for world food security, and commits countries to the implementation of the Plan.

The Global Plan of Action (GPA) represents an important contribution to the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity in the field of food and agriculture and it is one of the supporting elements of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Its main objectives are (i) to ensure the conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) as a basis for food security, (ii) to promote sustainable utilization of PGRFA in order to foster development and to reduce hunger and poverty, (iii) to promote a fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of PGRFA, (iv) to assist countries and institutions responsible for conserving and using PGRFA to identify priorities for action, and (v) to strengthen national, regional and international programmes for the conservation and utilization of PGRFA, including education and training. To meet these objectives 20 priority activity areas are included in the GPA organized into four groups: In Situ Conservation and Development, Ex Situ Conservation, Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources, and, Institutions and Capacity Building.

The Mechanism is based on the participation of stakeholders at national level and seeks to promote information exchange and strengthen stakeholder cooperation, thereby contributing to enhance the capacity of the National Programme for Conservation and Utilisation of Plant Germplasm and Agro-biodiversity. Through a computer application, the Mechanism facilitates the management of the information addressed by a list of internationally agreed indicators for monitoring in the country the implementation of all 20 priority areas of the GPA.

The Genetic Resources Institute, National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan (GRI of ANAS), acted as the coordinating organization for the establishment of the Mechanism in the country, which counted on the participation of more than 120 experts from 13 National Stakeholders. Activities towards its establishment included (i) an initial stakeholders' meeting held on 13-14 March 2006, at the Institute of Botany of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, in Baku, to gain the understanding and commitment of stakeholders in this process, and (ii) a second stakeholders' workshop held on 12-13 June 2006 at GRI, to train stakeholders in the use of the computer application for GPA monitoring. An additional stakeholders' workshop was held on 26-28 July 2006 with interested parties from Nakhchivan Autonomic Republic of Azerbaijan. Following the analysis of the information provided by the particpating stakeholders and recorded under the Mechanism's database, a strategic assessment of the state of PGRFA in Azerbaijan has been prepared. It was presented and finalized, together with the Mechanism's database and portal, during the third national workshop, which took place at the Institute of Botany in Baku on 7 December 2006.

All the information compiled under the National Information Sharing Mechanism on PGRFA, incuding the final country report, can be accessed through this web site. Other countries' Mechanism including the Azerbaijan Mechanism can be accessed in several languages under the FAO World Information and Early Warning System on Plant Genetic Resources (WIEWS). The computer application of the Mechanism and its database are also available off-line on CDs. 



NATIONAL LINKS

Azerbaijan Plant Genetic Resources (APGR)

Genetic Resources Institute (GRI)

National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan (NASA)

Ministry of Agriculture of the Azerbaijan Republic (MAAR)

Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Azerbaijan Republic (MENRA)

Fund of Monitoring of Ecological Standards of Azerbaijan (FMESA)
INTERNATIONAL LINKS

Global Plan of Action (GPA)

International Treaty on PGRFA

World Information and Early Warning System on PGRFA (WIEWS)

Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA)

FAO

Bioversity International

CBD
 For more information, please contact:
Mr. Afig Mammadov
Mechanism's Curator
Genetic Resources Institute
155, Azadlig ave., AZ1106, Baku, Azerbaijan
Tel.: (+994 12) 449 92 21   Fax: (+994 12) 449 92 21   
E-mail: afiq_memmedli@yahoo.com
Dr. Zeynal Akparov
National Co-ordinator for Genetic Resources and Director
Genetic Resources Institute
155, Azadlig ave., AZ1106, Baku, Azerbaijan
Tel.: (+994 12) 449 92 21   Fax: (+994 12) 449 92 21   
E-mail: akparov@yahoo.com