Report of the First External Review of the Systemwide Genetic Resources Programme
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Report of the first external review of the Systemwide Genetic Resources Programme (SGRP) conducted between January and August 1998 by a panel chaired by Jaap Hardon. The document contains an extract from the report of the CGIAR meeting of October 1998, a letter of transmittal from the TAC Chairman and the Executive Secretary of the CGIAR, TAC's comments, responses from the Intercenter Working Group on Genetic Resources (ICWG-GR) and IPGRI, and a transmittal from the panel chair.The report described the fast changing environment influencing CGIAR policies. It summarized the outcomes of numerous previous reviews in the field. Performance of the SGRP was discussed, particularly areas in need of strengthening. Finally, the panel presented its view of the future of the SGRP, offering various options for consideration. A postscript noted that the CGIAR structure did not favor strong systemwide programs in controversial areas, and urged the System Review to address the issue of what should be done in case there was an absence of consensus.The report was written, and commentaries prepared, before the System Review recommendations on genetic resources were available. After extensive discussion it was decided that the CGIAR Consultative Council should take account of the review recommendations in following up the System Review recommendations. The CGIAR should address creation of an operational structure for cooperation among genebank managers. Two keystone conferences should be convened, and TAC should work with centers to develop a program for investment in improving genebank facilities.