Role of Members

Each Member country participating in AEGIS is responsible for:

  • extending the mandate of the ECPGR National Coordinator to act also as National Coordinator for AEGIS at the national level, providing appropriate support;
  • in consultation with the Associate Members concerned within its jurisdiction, proposing to the ECPGR Crop Working Groups lists of such accessions for registration as European Accessions as it may deem appropriate in accordance with the general selection requirements adopted by the ECPGR and the General Principles applicable to the European Accessions under AEGIS set out in Article 8 of the MoU, and taking into account any crop-specific selection criteria adopted by the ECPGR Crop Working Groups;
  • after considering the recommendations by the ECPGR Crop Working Groups, registering accessions as European Accessions, notifying such European Accessions to the European Plant Genetic Resources Search Catalogue (EURISCO), through the National Inventory System, and, in the event that the AEGIS Member concerned withdraws from this Memorandum of Understanding, notifying to EURISCO before the effective date of the withdrawal that the registration of accessions within its jurisdiction as European Accessions will terminate on the effective date of withdrawal;
  • keeping under review the list of registered European Accessions for which it is responsible in light of the need to maintain a rational system of ex situ conservation. Where an AEGIS Member wishes to withdraw an accession from the list of European Accessions, the AEGIS Member will give at least 12 months notice to the ECPGR Crop Working Group concerned of such withdrawal, and will inform EURISCO accordingly when the withdrawal is effective.

The regional organizations participating in AEGIS are responsible for providing appropriate support.

Responsibilities of AEGIS member countries over registered accessions (to be implemented by Associate members)

The AEGIS member country uses its sovereign rights over the germplasm within its borders by identifying those accessions the country is willing and able to include in the European Collection and thus, accepts the following responsibilities for such germplasm in terms of conservation and availability:

  • to ensure the long-term conservation and maintenance of their European accessions according to  approved minimum standards;
  • to participate in and / or to facilitate supporting activities such as regeneration, viability testing and others organized by the respective ECPGR Working Group for the crop/species in question;
  • to provide for the safety-duplication of their European accessions at another genebank, possibly in a different country and/or at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault; 
  • to facilitate the access and availability of their European Accessions and related information according to agreed international instruments, e.g. ITPGRFA and CBD;
  • to document the information on their European Accessions according to agreed minimum standards, including those of passport, characterization and evaluation data; and
  • to keep the above-mentioned information updated in the National Inventory and to make it available to EURISCO and whenever possible in the ECPGR Central Crop Databases (ECCDB).

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