GENRES - Information System Genetic Resources
Your information platform for agricultural biological diversity
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:
IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) released first drafts of the regional/subregional assessments "Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services" and the “Thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration” available for review by experts. Interested persons with relevant expertise are invited to participate by 11th of July. For participation a registration is required indicating the respective expertise. Further information can be found at
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.