Nordic stakes on genetic resources co-operation

A new Nordic institution, to be called Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen), will be set up in the New Year. At a ministerial meeting in Björneborg in Finland on 28 June the Nordic Ministers for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries adopted this recommendation to be made to the Nordic Ministers for Co-operation.
 Nordic stakes on genetic resources co-operation
NordGen will be a Nordic institution set up as a centre of knowledge for sustainable preservation and exploitation of genetic resources within the fields of plants, horticulture, farm animals and forestry. NordGen will be located in Alnarp in southern Sweden. The institution will be able to have activities in the other Nordic countries.

The establishment of the institution should be seen as a way of strengthening and increasing the effectiveness of the current Nordic co-operation on genetic resources. NordGen will aim to promote common management and co-ordination of genetic resources in the Nordic countries leading to improved food safety. Nordic co-operation on genetic resources in agriculture, horticulture and forestry will be pulled together into a new institution (NordGen) with one board of directors and one administration in order to make use of the combined financial and human resources in a goal-orientated and cost effective manner.