Secondary Guidelines for Development of National Farm Animal Genetic Resources Management Plans
In recognition of the importance of animal genetic resources (AnGR), and of the sizeable portion that is currently at risk of loss, and in keeping with FAO’s mandate and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) a special action programme for the Global Management of Farm Animal Genetic Resources was launched by FAO in 1992.
One of the objectives of this Programme is the development of guidelines for country use. The Primary Guideline Document (FAO, 1996), mainly targeted towards policy makers, is designed to help countries get started to identify the main elements and objectives of an animal genetic resources management plan, and to outline the strategic policy directions required to fulfill these objectives. The Primary document is complemented and supported by four secondary documents targeted mainly at those that implement policy, administratively and technically, covering the following issues: characterization, livestock production systems description, active breed use and development, and managing populations at risk to provide guidance for the management of areas identified in the primary document. These Guidelines looks at the specific aspects, options and techniques for the management of populations at risk.