GENRES - Information System Genetic Resources
Your information platform for agricultural biological diversity
This was the motto of the meeting in Dresden from June 30 to July 1 in Dresden to which the German Association for Landscape Management (DVL) had invited together with the Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity of BLE. It was about the question of how the conservation of biological diversity in the cultural landscapes can come together with a sustainable agriculture. In specialized forums the topics grassland, autochthonous plants, habitat connectivity, ecological focus areas and marketing of old breeds and varieties were discussed in detail.
The German Information and Coordiantion Centre for Biological Diversity is seeking an expert for plant genetic resources. The tasks are focussed on European and interantional coopertaion in the field of PGR. Applicants should have experiences in international organisations, in international conferences on PGR. Working languange is German, very good skills in English are expected. Closing date for applications: 11.07.2016.
For the program area "Business and Biodiversity" the environmental foundation Global Nature Fund has announced a job vacancy in Bonn or Radolfzell starting 1st of August 2016. GFN promotes biodiversity in the agricultural sector in Europe and beyond. It elaborates biodiversity criteria in standards, labels and company policies and gives recommendations for an optimization of biodiversity targets. More information can be found at:
The final conference of the project „Preparatory action – EU plant and animal genetic resources“ took place on 9th June 2016 in Brussels. The study was announced by the European Commission (DG Agriculture and Rural Development) and aimed to identify the current status and needed future actions concerning plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture. As part of a consortium, the Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity (IBV) of the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) gave a substantial contribution to the implementation of the study.
Following the invitation of the Government of Germany, through the European Union, the Thirty-Third Annual Meeting of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) is held in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, from 7 – 10 June 2016. Since the 1980s, Germany is engaged in restoration programmes. As highlighted in the annual report prepared by the Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity, enormous efforts and resources are being committed to improving river connectivity for migratory fish.
In Germany all indigenous pig breeds are endangered. Thus, a symposium on "Genetic resources in pig breed" has been organised by the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Federal Office for Agricultural and Food (BLE). The conference dealt with the question, how to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of indigenous pig breeds. The conference proceedings are now available at IBV or online at: