World watch list
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CTA. 1997. World watch list. Spore 67. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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World watch list for domestic animal diversity 2nd ed. edited by Beate Scherf 1995 769pp ISBN 92 5 1 03729 9 FAO Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome ITALY
Only a few species of animal are used world-wide for food production, within which there exists many breeds with unique characteristics. These genetic resources form the pool of domestic animal diversity which is available and necessary to meet the increasing global demand for food. This biological diversity is being lost as human population and economic pressures accelerate the pace of change in traditional agricultural systems. Within its Global Programme for the Management of Farm Animal Genetic Resources, FAO has established the Global Early Warning System for this sector of biological diversity. The basis of this system are databases for breed inventory and description, and for monitoring the preservation of animal genetic material. At this stage the databank incorporates information on 3,882 breeds comprising 28 species. This information has been used to prepare a second edition of the World watch list for domestic animal diversity (WWLDAD:2). WWL-DAD:2 contains information on a large number of species and breeds, as well as additional information on breeds included in the first edition. The book provides further evidence that genetic diversity is being eroded. More than 30% of all remaining animal genetic resources are now classified either on the critical, critical maintained, endangered or endangered-maintained list. World watch list for domestic animal diversity 2nd ed. edited by Beate Scherf 1995 769pp ISBN 92 5 1 03729 9 FAO Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome ITALY