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Each country's work

All the Nordic countries are responsible for managing their animal genetic resources in a sustainable way. Councils for genetic resources and national coordinators institute the national policies and undertakings. NordGen coordinates the work and promotes a common Nordic policy.

Norwegian Doele horses, a breeding flock in the Sikkils valley. The stallion Jonssvarten in the background (photo: Aage Oibakken).

The administrative agency (Genetic Resource Committee) in each Nordic country is responsible for the conservation and use of farm animal genetic resources, through their national coordinators.

Emphasis is currently placed on the value of programmes of sustainable breeding, which include broad breeding goals for health and fertility traits as well as general robustness and functionality. Focus on low inbreeding rates is also important. Both conservation work of endangered and indigenous Nordic farm animal species and breeding for the commercial farm animal populations benefit from such breeding goals.

This work has been carried out in cooperation with national coordinators in Europe, through the European Regional Focal Point (ERFP), and other countries throughout the world.

The status of the formal bodies for genetic conservation varies somewhat among the Nordic countries. Please click on the country for a presentation of the Genetic Resource Committees and their major responsibilities.

Sweden:

Responsible agency:
Swedish Board of Agriculture

Postal address:
Swedish Board of Agriculture
55182 Jönköping
Phone: +46 36155815

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National coordinator :
Eva-Marie Stålhammar
E-mail: Eva-Marie.Stalhammar@jordbruksverket.se

Norway

Responsible agency:  
Norwegian Genetic Resource Centre

Postal address:
P.O. Box 115
N-1431 Ã…s
Phone: +47 64949055

Head: Nina Sæther

National coordinator :
Nina Sæther
E-mail: nina.sather@skogoglandskap.no
Phone: +47 64949055

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Denmark

Responsible agency:
Danish Committee for the Management of Farm Animal Genetic Resources

Postal address:
Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark
Nyropsgade 30,
DK-1780 Copenhagen V. 

National coordinator :
Kim Holm Boesen
Email: kihobo@naturerhverv.dk
Phone: +45 33958000

Finland

Responsible agency:
The Finnish Advisory Board for Genetic Resources within Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Postal adress:
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
PO Box 30
FI-00023 Goverment
Phone:+358 (0) 9 16001
web. www.mmm.fi

Head:Tuula Pehu
Phone: +358 916052839
email: tuula-pehu@mmm.fi

National coordinator :
Juha Kantanen
Phone: + 358 403509633
E-mail: juha.kantanen@mtt.fi  

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Iceland

Responsible agency:
The Gene Resource Committee of Iceland

Postal address:
Agricultural University of Iceland

Head: Aslaug Helgadottir
E-mail: aslaug@lbhi.is

National coordinator:  
Emma Eythorsdottir 
Phone: +354 5771010
E-mail: emma@lbhi.is  

Independent areas

Faroe Islands
Greenland
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