This booklet contains the common genetic resources related policies of the Future Harvest Centres. These policies have been endorsed for System-wide use by the CGIAR Members, the Genetic Resources Policy Committee (GRPC) and/or the Centre Directors Committee. The System-wide Genetic Resources Programme (SGRP), through the Inter-Centre Working Group on Genetic Resources and in consultation with FAO, formulates, reviews and recommends for System-wide adoption, policy instruments and guidelines concerning the management of genetic resources, including those governing the in-trust plant genetic resources collections held in accordance with agreements signed between Centres and the FAO in 1994.
A number of individual Centres have produced similar booklets for their Centre or on behalf of the CGIAR System. This compilation produced by the SGRP and GRPC contains the current versions of the System-wide policy documents. The policies described herein are subject to change over time and updated versions of this booklet will be produced as needed.
The first section of the booklet concerns the policies and guidelines for managing the in-trust plant genetic resources collections. The second section concerns the policies for acquiring, managing and transferring animal, aquatic and microbial genetic resources. The final section presents CGIAR and Centre Committee statements on a number of genetic resources and related issues.