The Role of the CGIAR in Plant Genetic Resources: Towards a System-Wide Strategy
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A revision by IBPGR of a paper considered at TAC 57 and in a joint meeting with center directors at TAC 59. See the document titled Changing Responsibilities and Roles for Plant Genetic Resources within the CGIAR System (October 1992) and its attachments. This version (prepared earlier in 1993) is introduced by a May memo from Geoff Hawtin, Director General of IBPGR, suggesting revisions to respond to changing circumstances, reflecting comments from representatives of several centers, and stressing the urgency of CGIAR action.The paper is based on the deliberations of the Intercenter Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources. It describes the current role of the centers in the context of the global system, proposes a future role, and seeks to provide a basis for developing a strategy. Specifically it addresses the coverage of center activities in conservation and utilization, the legal status of germplasm collections and related information, the contribution of the centers to global cooperation, conservation strategies, germplasm health and exchange, genebank documentation and information, and research and training. Coordination among centers is considered.Agenda document, TAC 61.