Bioversity (formerly IPGRI)

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Project members:

Jan Engels (main contact person), Lorenzo Maggioni, Jozef Turok, Percy Sajise


Bioversity International (formerly IPGRI) is a Centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). It is an international research institute with a mandate to advance the conservation and use of genetic diversity for the well-being of present and future generations. Bioversity hosts the coordinator of several regional and sub-regional networks, including  the Regional Network for Conservation and Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources in East Asia (EA-PGR), the Regional Co-operation in Southeast Asia for Plant Genetic Resources (RECSEA-PGR) and the European Cooperative Programme for Crop Genetic Resources Networks (ECPGR). Bioversity is an important research institute for the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources on a global level as well as an important source of information. Jan Engels is Genetic Resources Management Advisor, AEGIS Coordinator and CacaoNet Coordinator; Jozef Turok is Bioversity´s Regional Director for Europe; Lorenzo Maggioni is Coordinator of ECP/GR; and Percy Sajise is Bioversity´s Regional Director for Asia, the Pacific and Oceania.

Role and tasks in the project

Bioversity´s contribution will be of importance to WP 2 and WP 3. In WP 2, it will provide a valuable input towards the identification of issues and by facilitating access to regional research networks in Europe and Asia alike. In WP 3, it will contribute to the Regional workshops and the International Meetings and in formulating the recommendations and strategies for the management and sustainable use of genetic resources. In addition, Bioversity will assist in WP 4, not only regarding the selection of informational material (info folder) but also in support of the short documentary film, thanks to its broad experience in this area, and due to its well established contacts to European and Asian partners.