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AGRI GEN RES 020: An integrated network of decentralized country biodiversity and genebank databases

Final results

The European Farm Animal Biodiversity Information System network (EFABISnet) action set up decentralised national inventories of animal genetic resources in 16 additional countries, installed 14 CryoWEB databases, linked them into the existing EFABIS and FAO DAD-IS databases and developed a unique network of animal genetic resources biodiversity information systems in Europe comprising 32 databases in 17 countries. More information regarding the results can be found in the executive summary pdf - 9 MB [9 MB] . 

Objectives

  • To set up decentralised national inventories of animal genetic resources on the basis of the European Farm Animal Biodiversity Information System (EFABIS) in 12 countries linking them into the existing European EFABIS and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Domestic Animal Diversity Information System (FAO DAD-IS) databases;  
  • To create a global European register of countries animal genetic resources propagating this to FAO’s worldwide register;  
  • To establish decentralised national inventories of national gene bank collections on the basis of CryoM database software in 10 countries linking them into the existing European EFABIS and FAO DAD-IS databases;  
  • To create for the first time a European register of country’s genebank accession, propagating this to FAO’s worldwide register;  
  • To develop a permanent management structure of the European network of animal genetic resources inventories on the national and international level comprising 25 databases in 14 countries for its sustainable management.  

Actions and means involved

The following tasks are foreseen:

  • The project resource person (PRP) will install in each of the 12 partner country a national EFABIS biodiversity database and web page as part of the EFABIS network;  
  • Countries will nationalise this web site to make it 'speak' the national language in terms of interface and content;  
  • Countries will update the breeds' data in their own national biodiversity database;  
  • The updated data will be sent automatically to the European EFABIS database and FAO's DAD-IS;  
  • The PRP will setup the gene bank database CryoM in each of 10 partner countries and link it into the EFABIS network;  
  • Countries will nationalise the CryoM database;  
  • NC will reach a within country agreement on the reporting on their national gene banks;  
  • NC will enter passport data on their gene bank accessions into their national CryoM database;  
  • The content of the national CryoM databases will be exchanged automatically with the European EFABIS database and FAO's DAD-IS thereby creating for the first time a European register on gene banks repositories in Europe;
  • A permanent management structure will be developed for the further operation of the growing EFABIS network in Europe and possibly beyond. A structure will be developed and agreed amongst the stakeholders comprising countries, ERFP, EAAP and FAO on the procedure of how to update and further develop the EFABIS databases in the network.

Relevance to the objectives

Setting up 12 national biodiversity websites in European countries will improve country ownership of data, improve data quality and enhance awareness about the importance of biodiversity.
The newly created network will promote the national animal genetic resources in the various countries, enhancing cooperation among the members and facilitate better decisions at the Community level.

Through the establishment of national gene bank inventories and their linkage to the regional database, the first European register of national collections will be created. This will create new insights on the national and supranational level, supporting the establishment of conservation priorities and promoting the conservation of genetic diversity.

 

Interim results pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]  (12/2009)

 

Organisations implementing the co-funded action pdf - 29 KB [29 KB]

 

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