Conserving animal genetic resources

Conservation and sustainable utilization of animal genetic resources is a necessary feature of sustainable agriculture and of animal and ecosystem conservation.
This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities.

The European Association for Animal Production (EAAP) and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)'s Global Data Bank for Animal Genetic Resources provides genetic information on cattle, sheep, goats, horses, buffaloes and pigs. FAO runs the Global Programme for Animal Genetic Resources.

The Latin American Network for the Conservation and Management of Animal Genetic Resources (REGENAL) promotes national and regional activities related to animal genetic resources, and maintains contact and communication between countries and organizations with regard to this topic.

1. 30 percent of animal genetic resources at the breeding stage are categorized as a high risk of loss.
Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 15: Life on Land