Strengths And Innovative Features Of The Global Strategy

The benefits are secured through a number of strengths and innovative features of the Strategy, which

1. Facilitates assessment of AnGR and incorporates development of a comprehensive early warning system, providing the basis for establishment of conservation priorities and action plans;

2. Provides the necessary framework for a participatory approach to building country consensus around complex issues, for resolving conflicting situations, and developing effective policy;

3. Incorporates a specific mechanism to facilitate country, subregional, regional, and other international cooperation in AnGR management;

4. Offers a unique mechanism to identify, link, and strengthen the network of regional and national institutions, based in the main on existing structures and their involvement in the development of the Strategy;

5. Provides a framework for assistance that promotes clear identification of priorities and links country, regional, and global priorities and concerns to maximize the impact of funded activities;

6. Makes available a unique moderated, comprehensive information and communications tool — DAD-IS — which can be used by countries as their own secure system while also enabling all stakeholders to be informed and involved; this new system also provides the primary clearinghouse mechanism for the farm animal sector of agrobiodiversity;

7. Provides the capability for ongoing project and activity documentation and monitoring by countries and donors, and for least-cost formulation of action plans at the species, country, regional, and global levels; through the DAD-IS Action Planner;

8. Promotes, for this sector of biological diversity, the development of a management approach which is in harmony with the CBD and in pursuance of Agenda 21;

9. Comprehensively provides for the involvement of the spectrum of donors and other stakeholders;

10. Allows for coordination of effort while respecting stakeholders' need for control of their own activity; and

11. Incorporates guidance from the necessary disciplinary array of technical specialists convened regularly to develop the Strategy further and advise on its implementation.

While the Strategy has been supported and early implementation has commenced,1 success depends on its ability to mobilize the commitment, energies, and resources of the many different groups which have a stake in conserving and utilizing agro-biodiversity — farmers and pastoralists throughout the world, those involved in training and research into improved farming systems and technologies, environmentalists, agroindustries, and ultimately the consumers. While countries will be formally responsible for developing and implementing national policy, supported by the international collaborative effort, implementation of the Strategy must involve these additional stakeholders and be responsive to their varied concerns, creating mechanisms for interaction.

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