NordGen – the Nordic Genetic Resource Center – is a Nordic organization dedicated to the safeguarding and sustainable use of plants, farm animals and forests. The Nordic countries have been co-operating for more than 30 years on conservation of genetic resources. NordGen was established in January 2008 as a result of a merger between the Nordic Gene Bank, the Nordic Gene Bank Farm Animals and the Nordic Council for Forest Reproductive Material. NordGen is mainly financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
NordGen’s primary task is to contribute to securing the broad diversity of genetic resources linked to food and agriculture. This is done through conservation and sustainable use, solid documentation and information work and international agreements.
The efforts are costly and for this reason the Nordic countries have opted for a joint Nordic solution, although each country also maintains a national program.
Link to statutes of NordGen (in Swedish)
Genetic diversity for sustainable development.
NordGens mission is to be the gene bank of plants and a knowledge center for the dissemination of information on sustainable conservation and utilization of plant-, farm animal- and forest genetic resources.
NordGens mission is to secure sustainable solutions in relation to food security and to a bio-based economy, by ensuring the conservation and promote the use of genetic resources in agriculture and forestry in the Nordic countries.
NordGen is located in Sweden and Norway. The main office and NordGen Plants are in Alnarp, near Malmö, in southern Sweden. NordGen Farm Animals and NordGen Forest are located in Ås, near Oslo, in Norway.
Director Lise Lykke Steffensen