European Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources (ERFP)
The European Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources (ERFP) is the regional platform to support the in situ and ex situ conservation and sustainable use of animal genetic resources and to facilitate the implementation of FAO's Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources in Europe.
Over the last ten years experts of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have monitored scrapie in sheep and goats. They came to the conclusion that an eradication policy that relies only on the detection and culling of infected flocks and does not include breeding programmes for resistance is unlikely to succeed.(more information)
On the last Assembly Meeting in Nantes, it was agreed to translate important parts of the ERFP website into Russian. These Russian parts are now uploaded. They can be reached by the "Russian" button on the homepage of the English version. In the name of ERFP we want to express our sincere thanks to the National Coordinator of the Russian Federation, Sergeij Kharitonov, who did the translation of the relevant texts.
On 2nd July 2014 there has been a joint meeting of the ERFP Working Group on Ex situ Conservation and the ERFP Task Force on Access and Benefit Sharing in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The main topic was the further development of the European Genebank Network for Animal Genetic Resources (EUGENA). Furthermore there have been separate meetings of the two groups to discuss group internal items. (more)