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Developing Agrobiodiversity:
Strategies and proposals for sustainable livestock and plant breeding

4th  February 2004

10.00 plenary: the loss of agrobiodiversity- causes and status quo
Chair:  Thomas Korbun, Institute for Ecological Economic Research (IW)

Welcome on behalf of the Research project "Promoting Agricultural Biodiversity"

Sustainable Agriculture through Institutional Change
Prof Konrad Hagedorn, Humboldt University, Berlin

The Loss of Agrobiodiversity in Animals and Plants
Irene Hoffmann, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Rome

Diversity of Species, Varieties and Animal Breeds-Diversity of Cultures
Prof Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen, Institute for Theory and Practice of Subsistence

Developing Agrobiodiversity! Historical Developments, Status Quo, Approaches for Change and Challenges
Ulrich Petschow, Institute for Ecological Economic Research (IW)
Dr Anita Idel, Projectcoordination Animal Health and Agrobiodiversity

Discussion

13.00 Lunch

14.15 Working groups: Economic, social, legal and political Aspects of Agrobiodiversity

WG 1 The Impact of Economic Structures on Diversity: Global versus Regional Foodmarkets
Facilitation: Ulrich Petschow, Institute for Ecological Economic Research (IW)
Short Presentation: Jens Clausen, Institute for Ecological Economic Research (IW);
Prof Achim Spiller,
University of Gttingen

WG 2 Diversity in the Use of Diversity: No Agrobiodiversity without Cultural Diversity
(in English)
Facilitation: Dr a Maite Mathes, Schweisfurth Foundation
Short Presentation:
Pat Mooney, Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration

WG 3 The Impact of International Policies on the Diversity of Animals
Facilitation: Dr Anita Idel, Projectcoordination Animal Health and Agrobiodiversity
Short Presentation: Dr Hermann Schulte-Coerne, Ministry of Consumers' Protection, Food and Agriculture (BMVEL); Dr Steffen Weigend, Institute of Animal Breeding; Irene Hoffmann, FAO

WG 4 The Impact of International Policies on Crop-Diversity
Facilitation: Ruth Brauner, Institute for Applied Ecology (ko-Institut)
Short Presentation: Franziska Wolff, Institute for Applied Ecology (ko-Institut); Dr Wilbert Himmighofen, Ministry of Consumers' Protection, Food and Agriculture (BMVEL);
Rudolf Buntzel-Cano, Church Development Service

16.00 Coffee Break

 

16.30 Plenary: Policy Approaches to the Conservation and sustainable Use of Agrobiodiversity

Chair: Regine Barth, Institute for Applied Ecology (ko-Institut)

 

Political Factors and State-Measures for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Agrobiodiversity
Dr Wilbert Himmighofen, Ministry of Consumers' Protection, Food and Agriculture (BMVEL)

Potentials of an Integrated Agricultural and Conservation Policy
Dorota Metera, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Karin Robinet, Federal Agency for the Conservation of Nature (BfN)

Agrobiodiversity as a Challenge to Agriculture
Dr Heinrich Graf von Bassewitz, German Farmers' Asociation

How to Promote Agrobiodiversity? NGO-Proposals for Industrialised Agriculture
Pat Mooney, Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration

Discussion

19.30 Agrobiodiverse Buffet

 

5th February 2004

Plenary: Agrobiodiversity in Use

Chair: Prof Franz-Theo Gottwald, Schweisfurth Foundation

 

Plant-breeding through small-scale Farmers and Gardeners: Conservation through Use
Andrea Heistinger, Arche Noah e.V., Austria

Agrobiodiversity from the Perspective of a globalized Chicken-breeder
Prof Rudolf Preisinger, Lohmann Breeding Ltd

Diversity and Regional Products in Retail- Examples for a successful Retail of uncommon Plant Varieties and old Livestock Breeds
Joachim Brandt, Spar Handels-AG
 

Discussion

11.00 Coffeebreak

 

11.30 Working Groups: Experiences and strategies for action

 

WG 5 International Tendencies of Animal Breeding and the Role of Breeding Corporations
Facilitation: Dr Anita Idel, Projectcoordination Animal Health and Agrobiodiversity
Short presentation: Prof Rudolf Preisinger, Lohmann Breeding Ltd

WG 6 Small Farmers' Preservation Initiatives between Idealism and Overstrain
Facilitation: Jens Clausen, Institute for Ecological Economic Research (IW)
Short presentations: Helge Thoelen, Initiative for the Conservation of the Buntes Bentheimer Pig
e.V.; Jrg Bremond, Central Authoraty for Information and Documentation in Agriculture (ZADI)

WG 7 Agrobiodiversity in the Grain Sector: Regional versus Universal Varieties as a Chance for Biodiversity
Facilitation: Rudolf Vgel, Landesanstalt fr Groschutzgebiete Brandenburg (LAGS)
Short presentations: Dr Berthold Heyden, Graf Keyserlingk Institute;
Josef Steinberger, Bundessortenamt

WG 8 Beyond the World Market: Gardens and Agrobiodiversity
Facilitation Dr Markus Wissen, Free University of Berlin
Short presentations: Dr Thomas Gladis, University of Kassel/ ZADI

WG 9 Legal Instruments for an Active Agrobiodiversity-Policy in Germany
FacilitationRegine Barth, ko-Institut e.V.
Short presentations: Miriam Dross, Institute for Applied Ecology (ko-Institut); Frank Begemann, Information Centre on Biodiversity/ZADI; Antje Feldmann, Society for the Conservation of Old and Endangered Livestock Breeds (GEH)

13.00 Lunch

 

14.00 Closing Plenary: Promoting Agrobiodiversity- Strategies and Proposals for Action

Chair: Dr Anita Idel, Projectcoordination Animal Health and Agrobiodiversity
Panel:
Dr Wilbert Himmighofen, Ministery of Consumers' Protection, Food and Agriculture; Prof Jrgen Rimpau, German Agricultural Society (DLG); Joseph Jacobi, Working Group Small-scale Agriculture;  Antje Feldmann, GEH; Dr Hans Jachmann, Syngenta Ltd.;
Franziska Wolff, Institute for Applied Ecology (ko-Institut)

16.00 End