Stripe Study of Genetic Resources in the CGIAR
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Study of genetic resources activities and policies in the CGIAR, commissioned by TAC and conducted by a panel chaired by Henry L. Shands, completed March 1, 1994. The document also contains a transmittal from the TAC Chairman with TAC's commentary, and a transmittal from the panel chair. The study discussed the changing policy environment, the roles of various actors, and legal matters of concern to the CGIAR. It recommended the scope of future CGIAR activities, covering species of plants, as well as animals and trees, to be conserved, in situ conservation, applications of molecular biology, ecoregional research, databases and networks, training, and links between IARCs, NARS and NGOs. The panel argued that genetic resources conservation and related research was the most important activity of the CGIAR in the long term, and stressed the imperative of providing adequate and continuous funding.The panel proposed the establishment of a systemwide program on genetic resources. It suggested three possible modes of implementation: 1) management by the Inter-Center Working Group on Genetic Resources; 2) management by a reformulated IPGRI; or 3) management by a new board, responsible for both the program and IPGRI. TAC preferred a fourth alternative proposed by the IARCs at a joint meeting of TAC and center directors, with the cosponsors present. This was for the program to be managed through the Inter-Center Working Group, but with IPGRI playing a lead center role.Annexes describe the germplasm collections of IARCs, staff and budgets involved, and the safety duplications of the collections. This study was planned at TAC 62. The report was an agenda document at TAC 63 and the CGIAR meeting in May 1994.