(1) working groups: established on a permanent basis
(2) task forces: established on a temporary basis to solve specific tasks
(3) ad hoc actions: projects on a project basis to solve specific tasks
The European Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources (ERFP) is the European implementation of the Global Strategy of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) for the management of farm animal genetic resources (FAnGR).
ERFP is a communication platform managed by the Secretariat. Under the control of the Steering Committee, it publishes the National Coordinators' information and ensures the exchanges of information and experience between the different countries and the governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
It works with the sub-regional organisations in order to reinforce the common approach in neighbouring countries or having the same problems or needs. In this framework, it receives an information support from the University of Hanover, in particular for the maintenance of the European database and the exchanges with the Domestic Animal Diversity Information System (DAD-IS) of the FAO. It establishes closer working relationship with international NGOs such as Rare Breeds International (RBI), The SAVE Foundation (SAVE), Danubian Alliance for Conservation of Genes in Animal Species (DAGENE) or the European Forum of Farm Animal Breeding (EFFAB). For all the scientific aspects, it receives help from the European Association of Animal Production Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources (EAAP WG-AGR).
The ERFP does not create new structures, but relies as far as possible on existing functional structures in the different countries