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Report from the Conference entitled „The Implementation of the National Strategy for Sustainable Use and Conservation of Farm Animal Genetic Resources: Achievements and Challenges”

The conference summarizing the next stage of the implementation of the National Strategy entitled “The Implementation of the National Strategy for Sustainable Use and Conservation of Farm Animal Genetic Resources: Achievements and Challenges” was held in the National Research Institute of Animal Production on 19 October 2017. The conference was prepared within the framework of the realization of the Multiannual Programme for years 2016-2020 of the task 1.4 “The implementation of the Global action plan for the benefit of animal genetic resources in the field of sustainable use and protection of biodiversity of farm animals and the contribution to international activities and intergovernmental works concerning conservation of biodiversity of these animals”.

Jacek Walczak, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the National Research Institute of Animal Production made an official welcome and opening of the conference.

The process of preparation and the main guidelines of the National Strategy for sustainable use and conservation of farm animal genetic resources and the Action Plan for the Strategy were recalled in the introductory part. Both documents, which were adopted in 2013 are available on the website of the Institute.

The National Strategy involves the activities for conservation and sustainable use of animal genetic resources: both native breeds, endangered and requiring protective activities and international breeds, commonly used in animal production in which it is essential to preserve genetic variability.

For the last four years, 15 priorities adopted in the National Strategy and Action Plan have been realized by the subjects with which the Institute currently cooperates and which play a large part in the realization of the Strategy and conveying the data to the Institute. These subjects are among others breeders associations, research institutes, universities and public administration. The monitoring of the implementation of the National Strategy proved that a lot of initiatives, projects and programmes in this field were also undertaken by Marshal Offices and Agricultural Advisory Centres.

During the proceedings in which more than 100 people participated, who represented animal breeders associations, agricultural advisory centres, scientific institutions from the whole country, self-governmental bodies and also the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Environment and the Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture, jointly 12 papers were delivered during 3 sessions including the programme of the Conference. After each session, a discussion, conducted by the people mentioned below took place. The particular sessions concerned the following issues:

Part 1. Mechanisms of cooperation for the collection and transfer of information on genetic resources of farm animals (Prof. Tomasz Szwaczkowski, Ph.D. and Eng. Grażyna Polak, Ph.D.)

Part 2. Animal genetic resources conservation programmes (Marek Gibała, M.Sc. and Prof. Jędrzej Krupiński, Ph.D.)

Part 3. Shaping social awareness, education, promotion and popularization of using native breeds through their products and environmental services (Prof. Tomasz Gruszecki, Ph.D. and Elżbieta Martyniuk, Ph.D.)

The presentations were delivered by the Speakers from the following institutions:

  1. Elżbieta Martyniuk – National Research Institute of Animal Production ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    The National Strategy for Sustainable Use and Conservation of Farm Animal Genetic Resources as an element of the implementation of the Global Action Plan
  2. Agnieszka Chełmińska – National Research Institute of Animal Production ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    The effects of the implementation of the National Strategy in light of survey results
  3. Grażyna Polak - National Research Institute of Animal Production ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    European database of farm animals EFABIS
  4. Grażyna Biesiadowska-Salamon – the Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    Database of farm animals
  5. Olga Orlowska – Polish Federation of Cattle Breeders and Milk Producers ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    Database of ICT system SYMLEK (data collecting, processing and circulating)
  6. Jędrzej Krupiński - National Research Institute of Animal Production ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    The implementation of conservation programmes: difficulties, problems and successes
  7. Anna Litwinow – Agricultural Advisory Centre Radom Branch ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    The role of advisors in the implementation of agri-environmental-climatic action and the Strategy
  8. Władysław Migdał – University of Agriculture in Krakow ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    Traditional and regional products
  9. Michał Bartz – Wielkopolski Agricultural Advisory Centre in Poznań
    The implementation of the National Strategy in the work of the Agricultural Advisory Centre in Wielkopolska
  10. Bożena Kozera – Mazowiecki Agricultural Advisory Centre in Warsaw ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    The implementation of the National Strategy in the work of the Agricultural Advisory Centre in Mazovia region
  11. Gabriela Sztuba – Ministry of Environment, Department of Nature Conservation ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    Native breeds in active environmental protection
  12. Zofia Kochan – Marshal Office of Subcarpathian Voivodeship ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    The activities of the Marshal Office of Subcarpathian Voivodeship for the implementation of the National Strategy

In compliance with the request of the participants of the Conference, Speakers’ presentations and e-mail addresses will be placed on the Institute’s website.

Thanking everyone for the presentations and organizers for the preparation of the Conference, Professor Tomasz Gruszecki appealed for a broader cooperation and searching for new, additional products from local animal breeds, particularly through providing environmental services.

In summary, Elżbieta Martyniuk, Ph.D. ascertained that the National Strategy is realized, it should be implemented further and is current both in national and international context. She expressed hope that as a result of discussion on facilitating information transfer, it will be possible to return to conversations, also with the Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture.

In the context of the tasks concerning the effectiveness of the activity of the programmes, she noticed that interested entities should control the origin of animals participating in conservation programmes in a broader range, since the level of control is too low at present. She underlined that the problem of preserving genetic variability within improved populations and the analysis of this variability on pedigree and molecular level is extremely important. She supported Prof. Gruszecki in the context of promoting grazing as an environmental service and she underlined the necessity of the economic valorisation of these services, which are provided by protected breeds to a large extent. Closing the conference, she thanked everyone very cordially for the participation and expressed hope for further fruitful cooperation in the implementation of the National Strategy.