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Joining forces for genetic resources and biodiversity management

Project description

Implementing genetic resources in agriculture and forestry

Climate change threatens farming and steers plant and animal breeding towards genetic diversity. To meet these challenges and ensure food security, the EU-funded GenRes Bridge project will establish a framework for promoting available genetic resources in agriculture and forestry. The project will integrate knowledge, tools and user-oriented services developed in the field over recent decades and make them available to European stakeholders to support rural development. The collected information and infrastructure will also form the basis for recommendations and policies that ensure environmental sustainability but abide by European health regulations and food standards.

Objective

Genetic resources (GenRes) underpin production in agriculture and forestry; they are essential for long-term food security, delivery of non-food products and adaptation to changing climate. Still, their potential remains largely unharnessed. GenRes Bridge aims to strengthen their conservation and sustainable use by accelerating collaborative efforts and widening capacities in plant, forest and animal GenRes domains by sharing perspectives, exchanging best practices, harmonizing standards, trainings and sharing resources under the auspices of the three pan-European GenRes networks: ECPGR, EUFORGEN and ERFP.

Collaboration among GenRes and wider biodiversity actors will widen capacities and increase the effectiveness of sustainable management of GenRes through the development of an integrated GenRes strategy, generation of tools and user-oriented services such as a gateway to ease the navigation through the digital GenRes landscape, and policy recommendations.

Apart from Management and Communication WPs, the project includes three thematic WPs:
• European integrated GenRes strategy: engaging a wide range of stakeholders and expanding geographical scope of existing networks to European Neighborhood Policy countries to share perspectives, knowledge and current strategies to develop an integrated GenRes strategy;
• GenRes in action: taking up science results into GenRes management and strategy preparation, collating demonstration cases, improving user-oriented services, standards and quality management;
• Enhancing GenRes data delivery: improving quality and quantity of information already stored in the central information systems (EURISCO, EUFGIS and EFABIS) through training and linking them to other databases.

GenRes Bridges consortium consists of 16 partners, selected through a broad consultation, representing existing European GenRes structures committed to support long-term implementation of the integrated GenRes strategy and its recommendations.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-SFS-2018-1

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EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE
Net EU contribution
€ 647 300,00
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Yliopistokatu 6 b
80100 Joensuu
Finland

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Region
Manner-Suomi Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi Pohjois-Karjala
Activity type
Research Organisations
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