WHAT IS THE NATIONAL MECHANISM?

The National Information Sharing Mechanism (NISM) is a partnership among stakeholders that contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) in the Republic of Serbia. It is also an information network for monitoring activities carried out to implement the Global Plan of Action (GPA) on PGRFA in the Republic of Serbia. The NISM will be officially established after the first diagnostic on the state of GPA implementation in the country undertaken by using a list of indicators recommended by the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. NISM database will serve as a working instrument for the National Plant Genetic Resources Committee and for national institutions for drafting strategies and plans.

The NISM is used in a transparent way to:

  • - foster the exchange of information on PGRFA.
  • - promote understanding of PGRFA status and dynamics;
  • - allow meaningful analysis of gaps and priorities in the conservation and utilization of PGRFA;
  • - assist decision-making on and planning of available resources
  • - increase visibility of on-going efforts in the conservation and sustainable utilization of PGRFA
  • - conserve the country's historical memory on PGRFA.
  • - improve capacity to manage PGRFA information and to meet international reporting commitments.

The NISM uses an information system including a database and a search engine, which includes the inventory of national PGRFA-related institutions, experts, publications, laws, and projects, as well as of cultivated varieties.

The Mechanism operates through contribution of national institutions, coordinated by the Genebank Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Forest and Water Management.

What is useful for?

The National Information Sharing Mechanism on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (NISM) is used to facilitate access to and analysis of information, to assist decision-making processes, and to conserve the country's historical background on PGRFA. It also offers an opportunity to the participating institutions to highlight their efforts and to enhance their credibility at national and international levels. Based on the information available through this Mechanism, Serbian Country Report will be update. It will be submitted to the FAO Commission on PGRFA as the contribution of the Republic of Serbia to the implementation of the Global Plan Action (GPA).


What instruments does the Mechanism use?

A set of tools agreed by the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture:

  • - a list of indicators and a reporting format to monitor the implementation of the Global Plan of Action and
  • - an information system including a database and a search engine.

This database may provide all data related to the activities of the national program dealing with collection, conservation, evaluation and sustainable utilization of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in the Republic of Serbia and also the list of the publications related to those activities.


How does it operate?

Through the Support to the development of a National Programme for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and Building capacity in the use of the information tools for the NISM by the Gene Bank, Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Serbia.


Who can participate into the Mechanism and how?

All stakeholders, specifically, public or private institutions, including universities, NGOs, other related institutions which contribute to the collection, conservation, evaluation and sustainable utilization of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in the Republic of Serbia, can be part of the NISM by contacting the Gene Bank, Directorate for the National Referent Laboratories.