Eleventh regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-11)
11-15 June 2007 | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters, Rome, Italy
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CGRFA-11
Saturday, 9 June - Monday, 11 June - Tuesday, 12 June
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CGRFA-11 HIGHLIGHTS
Tuesday, 12 June 2007

On Tuesday, delegates to CGRFA-11 continued their deliberation of substantive agenda items. In light of the large number of issues to be addressed, delegates convened in plenary sessions in the morning and evening, and in two parallel sessions in the afternoon. Additionally, a number of side events were held during the lunch break and delegates met in regional groupings throughout the day.

Regarding the agenda item on the programme of work for AnGR, delegates continued discussion of the draft Strategic Priorities for Action for the Sustainable Use, Development and Conservation of Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Under the guidance of Chair Visser in the morning and evening, and ITWG-AnGR Chair Blackburn in the afternoon, delegates worked through the draft text section by section. Delegates considered both the introductory text to the four Strategic Priority Areas, as well as the text of the 23 Strategic Priorities themselves, each of which includes a "rationale" section and a list of possible actions to be undertaken under that priority. During the evening session, delegates also addressed: implementation and financing of the Global Plan of Action for AnGR; the Global Strategy for the Management of Farm AnGR; and the draft Interlaken Declaration on AnGR.

In a parallel afternoon session, delegates began consideration of the programme of work on plant genetic resources (PGR), discussing: the report of the third session of the ITWG-PGR; follow-up to the recommendations of the Commission regarding PGR; and progress in the preparation of the second report on the State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Programme of Work on Animal Genetic Resources

During the morning plenary session, Chair Bert Visser guided delegates through discussion of the draft Strategic Priorities section by section.

During a discussion of whether to include reference to gene banks in a Strategic Priority concerning support for indigenous and local production systems, the US noted that the formulation of gene banks is mentioned in another Strategic Priority.

Kenya, for Africa, proposed various amendments to the draft Strategic Priorities.

During discussion of the draft Strategic Priorities, the EC provided an overview of the installation in 13 European countries of a network for monitoring and characterizing AnGR.

Jamaica, Indonesia, Lebanon and many others sought clarification on wording and proposed minor editorial amendments to the draft Strategic Priorities.

In the afternoon, delegates met in parallel sessions, one of which continued deliberations over the draft Strategic Priorities.
Programme of Work on Plant Genetic Resources

Zofia Bulinska-Radomska, Chair of the third session of the ITWG-PGR (Poland), presented the report of that meeting.

With reference to the summary of the third session of the ITWG-PGR, India called for more attention to be given to local seed systems.

Linda Collette, Senior Officer, Crop Biodiversity, Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources Service, FAO, presented the report on progress in the preparation of the second report on the State of the Word’s Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

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