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Genetic resources in the Nordic region

Sheep on the Faroe Islands. Photo: Erik Christensen, Porkeri/Norden.org

Diversity and genetic resources in the Nordic region are of great value, both in cultural and economic terms. Plants and animals that endure the Nordic climate are an indispensable part of the Nordic identity in the cultural landscape and environment. They also represent our future possibilities for development in agriculture and forestry.

The Convention on Biological Diversity ( CBD ) is dedicated to promoting sustainable development. It was signed by 150 government leaders at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit and conceived as a practical tool for translating the principles of Agenda 21 into reality. The Convention recognizes that biological diversity is about more than plants, animals and micro-organisms and their ecosystems – it is about people and the need for food security, medicines, fresh air, water, shelter, and a clean and healthy environment in which to live. The Nordic countries have committed themselves to following the Convention and have consequently created their national programs.

National programs

Each member country has a national coordinator. The coordinators participate in NordGen’s co-operating groups and contribute to sharing of competences.

NordGen coordinates the Nordic countries within its mandate area, making sure that collaboration results in increased value and that the countries gain from cooperation.

NordGen’s network, consists of working groups and project groups that provide the increased value through sharing of competences, coordinated initiatives, and a cost-effective division between of responsabilities between national and Nordic programs.

The Nordic countries speak with a single strong voice, which is an important driving force in the international work with genetic resources for food and agriculture.