GENRES - Information System Genetic Resources
Your information platform for agricultural biological diversity
The Biodiversity Network Bonn (BION) was awarded on 22 May 2016 as an official project of the UN Decade Biodiversity. The award is given to projects that are running in of best way for the conservation of biodiversity. With this award, the commitment to the Bonn biodiversity network for its dynamic networking of actors in the thematic area of biodiversity and sustainable development is acknowledged.
The Global Crop Diversity Trust, located in Bonn, is seeking 2 candidates. One for the position of an Administrative Assistant, the other for the position of a Genebank Program Scientist. Applications latest till the 29th of May. The announcements can be find here.
Seventeen delegates from European and Central Asian countries had a meeting in Bonn from 18 to 20 April 2016, they were invited by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization). The focus of the event was the current situation of biodiversity for food and agriculture in Europe and Central Asia. Delegates discussed the contribution of biodiversity to sustainable and efficient agriculture as well as the challenges of conservation. FAO prepares the first State of the world report on biodiversity for food and agriculture based on the submitted country reports, expected to release in 2018.
The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture was asked to develop a concept, based on the "National Programme of Plant Genetic Resources", in which the strengthening of regional centers of competence for on-farm management through innovative funding instruments are in the foreground.
The Forest Expert Program aims at increasing the professional exchange of forest management related experience among forest experts and thus at building capacity and transferring knowledge in the field of sustainable forest management worldwide. The Program is funded by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and is carried out by the German Forest Society. It offers one month traineeships in order to train skills in sustainable forest management in Germany. Application deadline: 18th April 2016.
On 24th March 2016 the German Gene Bank for Livestock has been opened. The gene bank is founded by the Federal Government and the Länder. It is an important tool in the concept of the National Program for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Animal Genetic Resources in Germany. Genetic material of endangered, indigenous livestock breeds shall be stored in the gene bank.