Agriculture and rural development

AGRI GEN RES 067: A global view of livestock biodiversity and conservation

AGRI GEN RES 067: A global view of livestock biodiversity and conservation

Genetic resources
AGRI GEN RES 067: A global view of livestock biodiversity and conservation

Final results

The Livestock global view action reviewed different aspects vital to the characterisation, exploitation and conservation of Farm Animal Genetic Resources (FAnGR), offered interdisciplinary training for 109 young researchers during three summer schools, and promoted the networking among 35 scientists working in Europe and for five International Organisations. More information regarding the results can be found in the executive summary


The objectives of the action are:

  • To disseminate methodologies for the characterisation, evaluation prioritisation and conservation of livestock genetic resources  
  • To disseminate experience of past EU biodiversity projects  
  • To review methods and software for integration of specialist knowledge from disciplines as different as husbandry, genetics, sociology, economics and geographic analysis  
  • To obtain a global view of diversity  
  • To promote the formation of interdisciplinary working groups of experts reviewing key aspects of conservation  
  • To identify perspectives for future actions and research priorities  
  • To train technical and scientific personnel involved at various level in farm animal genetic resources characterisation and conservation  
  • To disseminate the results widely to all relevant stakeholders in the Livestock Farming Sector.  

Actions and means involved

To achieve these objectives the workplan is organised into 7 work packages (WPs).

  • WP1 is dedicated to the management of the project. 
  • WPs 2 to 5 define the activities of 4 working groups of experts.
    WP2 targets the characterisation of farm animal genetic resources (FAnGR) in the environment in which they are raised and defines guidelines for sampling and characterisation of FAnGR. In addition it evaluates the use of advanced molecular tools for measuring genomic diversity. 
  • WP3 reviews strategies for the meta-analysis of datasets that have different levels of interdependency and overlap. 
  • WP4 is dedicated to the socio-economic aspects of conservation and will review methods for conservation and economic valuation of FAnGR. In addition it investigates the effects of the current Common Agriculture Policy on the conservation of genetic resources. 
  • WP5 reviews methods for the prioritisation of breeds for conservation. 
  • WP6 will use the information generated by WP2-WP5 in order to identify gaps in the information on FAnGR, in the methodologies that are available for their characterisation and valuation, and in conservation strategies. It will then define a strategic agenda for future actions and research. 
  • WP7 is dedicated to dissemination of results through conventional (papers, reports) and electronic (website) means. In addition, two cycles of training seminars and two workshops will be organised in order to disseminate the results and experience collated in the WGs within the proposal to a wide audience.

Relevance to the objectives

GLOBALDIV is highly relevant to the main objectives of the Community programme by:

  • Improving the conservation, characterisation, collection and utilisation of genetic resources in agriculture in the Community. GLOBALDIV builds on past experience and disseminates new methods for a comprehensive characterisation of FAnGr, allowing the development of tools for establishing conservation priorities under different scenarios 
  • Complementing and promoting work undertaken in the Member States at the Community level. GLOBALDIV disseminates new methods for joining and harmonising national-level studies on genetic diversity 
  • Facilitating co-ordination of international undertakings on genetic resources in agriculture. GLOBALDIV sets standards for data collection, molecular analysis and will be a reference for future work. Partners, international agencies and external experts will determine the worldwide impact of recommendations, facilitating coordination and collaboration in future work.


Organisations implementing the co-funded action


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