Seven strategic priority areas have been identified by the government in the Netherlands, to support the conservation and sustainable use of farm animal genetic resources. At national level conservation strategies will be strengthened to halt the loss of farm animal genetic diversity and to protect our bio-cultural heritage.
New technologies will be adopted and further developed for characterization, conservation and breeding purposes. The Netherlands will contribute to the global agenda by generating knowledge and development of improved breeding material for sustainable development of the global livestock sector and future food security. The development of this updated, 2nd national report was coordinated by the Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN), following a request of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to contribute to the 2nd State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources.