Sharing perspectives for the future gene conservation strategy

Taking place on 29th and 30th October 2019 in Tuusula, Finland, the GenRes Bridge workshop on “Sharing perspectives” aimed to build bridges between multiple communities dealing with genetic resources. It brought together experts, stakeholders and end-users in the field of management of crop, forest and animal genetic resources. The participants also represented the wider biodiversity conservation perspective from Europe and countries in the Mediterranean basin.

The main goal of the workshop was to prepare recommendations for the development of an integrated strategy for the conservation and use of crop, forest and animal genetic resources. Synergies, controversies, overlaps, gaps, bottlenecks and opportunities in and between sectors were identified and discussed as well as the existing roadmaps and recommendations a common strategy.

Three topical webinars were held ahead of the workshop to introduce the three different domains and another one to introduce the policy backgrounds.

EUSTAFOR has been subcontracted by EUFORGEN/EFI Bonn, a coordinator of the GenRes Bridge project, to disseminate information about the project’s outcomes within its network and to share state forest expertise on the management and conservation of genetic resources.

On the second day, the workshop aimed to sketch the policy space where the participants worked in several groups and through different exercises in order to identify current policy opportunities, how to use them and in which direction to move. For instance, in the session on Fleshing out a strategic approach/Group work on building blocks, the participants discussed in groups to identify the broad elements (building blocks) which should be included in an overarching strategy for genetic resources.

The third day, Open space and sense making, gave opinions on implementation and integration as well as key insights about topics that emerged as the most important ones, such as:

  • Constrains to the adaption and implementation of the strategy (regulatory, process, political etc.)
  • Fair balance between networks for building umbrella
  • The right degree of details for the strategy within GenRes Bridge?
  • European countries which do not have own strategy for each domain – how to formulate and coordinate up and down steps?
  • Which are the actions of the strategy to involve the users of the three domains?
  • Funding
  • Data sharing across borders, ‘fair’ data policy: findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable.

EUSTAFOR is looking forward to further participation and representing the role of state forests in increasing the effectiveness of sustainable management through the use of forest genetic resources.

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Published 03/11/2019

Ms. Amila Meškin

Policy and Communications Advisor

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