Reminder: 8th Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
The Eighth Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture will be held at FAO Headquarters in Rome from 26-28 November 2014. The opening meeting will begin at 9.30 on Wednesday, 26 November 2014. The Session is being convened under the Regular Pro-gramme of the Organization. Simultaneous translations in Arabic, English, French and Spanish will be available. (more information)
This study has been commissioned by the European Commission. The objectives are to identify, describe and analyze the activities on the conservation and sustainable use of agricultural and forest genetic resources and to identify missing links and actions to be addressed in future actions. The first task is a mapping exercise, aiming at identifying and listing initiatives, existing databases, collections and their corresponding key stakeholders. Therefore the Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity (IBV) of the German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE), as a subcontracter, will ask the National Coordinators of the EU Member States for contact information of...
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)
The 20th ERFP Assembly Meeting will be held on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th August 2014 in The Danish AgriFish Agency, Nyropsgade 30, 1780 Copenhagen V, Denmark. ERFP very much appreciates that the Danish Agency will provide their facilities for the Assembly. While all participants are welcome to make their own arrangements for accommodation along the ERFP terms, the ERFP-Secretariat is currently seeking to make reservations in appropriate hotels near the Agency. The National Coordinators will be informed about such hotel reservations as soon as possible.