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The IBV

What we do

The Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity - Committed to Agrobiodiversity

The Information and Coordination Center for Biological Diversity (IBV) is located in Bonn and part of the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE).  IBV is active in the field of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in agriculture and food, especially the genetic resources.

Our Tasks

The tasks of the IBV relate to agrobiodiversity and here in particular to genetic resources for food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, inter alia:

  • Support of the development and implementation of the National Programmes for plant, animal, forest and aquatic genetic resources.
  • Secretariat for the expert committees of the Federal Ministry for Agriculture (BMEL) for plant, animal, forest and aquatic genetic resources, as well as for the Scientific Advisory Board for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources.
  • Data collection and documentation as well as user-oriented central dissemination of information on occurrences, characteristics and performance of genetic resources for food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries
  • Monitoring and assessment of agrobiodiversity trends in Germany
  • Coordination of conservation activities and assistance to conservation networks
  • Facilitation of national and international support measures and programmes
  • Knowledge transfer and advisory services for political decision makers and other stakeholders
  • Biopatent monitoring and Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) issues
  • Public relations and awareness raising

 

Selected activities

National programmes, advisory services and coordination

We advise and support the Federal Ministry for Agriculture (BMEL) within the framework of the National Programmes on Genetic Resources through coordination tasks.

We manage the offices for the accompanying expert committees for plant, animal, forest and aquatic genetic resources and publish progress reports on genetic resources.

National Inventories and Databases

In cooperation with other partners, the IBV establishes the National Inventories for Genetic Resources in Germany and provides them as online searchable databases. The National Inventoriesinclude information on agricultural and horticulture crops, on genebank collections, in situ conservation, Red Lists of crops and farm animal breeds, as well as information on indigenous tree and fish species.

The data of the national inventories is provided to international organisations such as the FAO, thus fulfilling national reporting duties.

International Cooperation

  • In the field of Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) we participate in international and European processes on behalf of BMEL. We are involved in the national implementation of the EU-ABS regulation and act as the consensus authority for the ministry in cases where genetic resources for food and agriculture are concerned.
  • We are active in the European Cooperation Programmes on plant, animal and forest genetic resources.
  • We execute tasks or represent BMEL in international organisations such as FAO, and CGRFA and take over the management of international projects on their behalf.

Public Relations / Awareness

  • We organise conferences and symposia on varying topics.
  • We publish information materials, e.g. a serial on agrobiodiversity or the Red Lists on endangered breeds and varieties and a quarterly newsletter on biodiversity for food and agriculture.
  • We are present at traide fairs and exhibitions to answer questions and raise awareness on agrobiodiversity.
  • We manage GENRES, an internet-based information platform on genetic resources for agriculture and food with extensive information on the implementation of the National Programmes for Genetic Resources, databases, publications and news-service. Moreover, the platform acts as a monitoring tool for national activities on agrobiodiversity.

Our tasks in detail

The tasks of the IBV concern biological diversity and in particular genetic resourcese for food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries. They include:

  • Participation in the development and implementation of National Programmes for genetic resources
  • Secretarial tasks for advisory and coordination bodies as the National Expert Commitees on plant, animal, forest, and aquatic genetic resources
  • Collection, documentation and user-oriented central provision of data on accessions (ex situ and in situ), characteristics and performance properties of genetic resources for food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries
  • Participation in the analysis and evaluation of the development of agrobiodiversity in Germany
  • Coordination of conservation activities and the establishment and supportof conservation networks
  • Representation of BMEL in national and international bodies
  • Technical support of national and international programmes
  • Publishing of information in the field of zootechnical legislations
  • Patent research
  • Authorisation of imports of seeds and seed stock
  • Project management of projects in cooperation with the FAO, the International Treaty and the Global Crop Diversity Trust
  • Consenting authority on the implementation of the EU ABS Regulation in all sectors of food and agriculture

Ausgewählte Aktivitäten

Nationale Fachprogramme, Beratung, Koordinierung

Wir beraten und unterstützen das BMEL im Rahmen der Nationalen Fachprogramme zu genetischen Ressourcen durch Koordinationsaufgaben.
Wir führen die Geschäftsstellen für die begleitenden Fachgremien und erstellen Fortschrittsberichte zu genetischen Ressourcen.
 

Nationale Inventare/Datenbanken

In Zusammenarbeit mit Partnern führen wir die Nationalen Inventare zu Beständen und Sammlungen genetischer Ressourcen in Deutschland und bieten sie als recherchierbare Online-Datenbanken XGRDEU an. Dazu gehören die einheimischen Tierrassen genauso wie die Pflanzenbestände in den Genbanken oder Informationen zu einheimischen Baum- und Straucharten und einheimischen Fischarten. Mit der Datenlieferung aus den Nationalen Inventaren nimmt das IBV für das BMEL die internationalen Berichtspflichten wahr.
 

Internationale Zusammenarbeit

Zum Thema Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) beteiligen wir uns für das BMEL an internationalen und europäischen Prozessen. Beim nationalen Vollzug der EU-ABS-Verordnung übernehmen wir für die BLE die Funktion als Einvernehmensbehörde, sofern genetische Ressourcen für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft betroffen sind.
Wir beteiligen uns in europäischen Kooperations-Programmen zu pflanzen-, tier- und forstgenetischen Ressourcen.
Wir sind Mitglied oder vertreten das BMEL in internationalen Organisationen, wie der FAO.
Für das BMEL übernehmen wir das Management internationaler Projekte.
 

Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

Wir führen Symposien und andere Veranstaltungen zu wechselnden Themen durch.
Wir geben einen vierteljährlichen Newsletter heraus.
Wir erstellen fach- und verbraucherorientierte Publikationen z.B. die Rote Listen der einheimischen gefährdeten Tierrassen in Deutschland.
Wir sind auf Messen und Ausstellungen vertreten.
Wir führen GENRES, das Informationssystem zu den genetischen Ressourcen für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung mit umfangreichen Informationen zur Umsetzung der nationalen Fachprogramme, Datenbanken, Publikationen und einem News-Service. Das Informationssystem fungiert als Monitoring-Werkzeug über die nationalen Aktivitäten auf dem Gebiet der Agrobiodiversität.