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Developing a Globally Standardized List of Descriptors for the Documentation of in situ Crop Wild Relatives - GCP/GLO/974/GER








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    Descriptors for Crop Wild Relatives conserved in situ (CWRI v.1) 2021
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    This list of passport Descriptors for Crop Wild Relatives conserved in situ constitutes the minimum initial list for CWR in situ data exchange. For each descriptor, this tool provides a brief explanation of content, its coding scheme, and a suggested field name. It has been developed taking the Core Descriptors for in situ conservation of CWR v.1 published by Bioversity International in 2013 as the starting point. It also builds on recent experiences conducted by the Secretariat of FAO’s International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in the context of the development of its Global Information System (GLIS). One of the main factors adversely affecting the conservation, use, monitoring and reporting of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) is the lack of access to data and inefficient exchange of information. This lack of standardization had prevented the PGRFA community from exchanging PGRFA data worldwide and had, for years, been one of the main challenges for the effective conservation and sustainable use of plant material. The Secretariat of the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) undertook to address the gaps and the lack of coherence in the documentation methods for plant resources, in particular for Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) conserved under in situ conditions, through the development of an international standard contained in this booklet
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    Descriptors for Crop Wild Relatives conserved under in situ conditions (CWRI v.1) 2020
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    This list of passport Descriptors for Crop Wild Relatives conserved under in situ conditions (CWRI v.1) has been developed taking the Core Descriptors for in situ conservation of CWR v.1* published by Bioversity International in 2013 as the starting point. It also builds on recent experiences conducted by the Secretariat of FAO’s International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in the context of the development of its Global Information System (GLIS). The CWRI passport descriptors proposed in this booklet constitute the minimum initial list for CWR in situ data exchange. For each descriptor, this tool provides a brief explanation of content, its coding scheme, and a suggested field name. The on-farm management of plant material is not addressed in this document.
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    Report and Analysis of the Global Survey on Descriptors Required for PGRFA 2016
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    This report has been prepared by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) as a critical input to facilitate the design and development of the Global Information System (GLIS) in the context of Article 17 of the International Treaty regarding descriptors required to identify PGRFA. It contains the analysis of the two consultations conducted during 2015 on the minimum essential information (descriptors) required and other highly recomm ended data to be declared and aggregated through GLIS to facilitate access to scientific information about PGRFA. Both, the survey and the subsequent expert consultation collected useful views and information from Contracting Parties and stakeholders from all over the world. This document outlines the major findings on each of both consultations and also analyses some of the limitations and obstacles faced to devise the initial key set of mandatory descriptors. The strategic key set of descr iptors defined constitutes an essential step to uniquely identify PGRFA samples transferred under the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit Sharing and is critical to require a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to register distinct types of plant material from different types of holders in the Global Information System. Finally, it enumerates a series of technical issues and questions for further research and consideration during the early implementation of the first Programme of Work on the Global Information System.

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