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The European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR) (formerly "European Cooperative Programme for Crop Genetic Resources Networks - ECP/GR) was founded in 1980 on the basis of the recommendations of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP  [1]), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO  [2]) and the Genebank Committee of the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA)  [3].

ECPGR is a collaborative Programme among most European countries, aiming at ensuring the long-term conservation and facilitating the utilization of plant genetic resources in Europe. 

The Programme, which is financed by the participating countries and is coordinated by a Secretariat  [4], operates through Working Groups dealing with groups of crops or with general themes related to plant genetic resources.

ECPGR is guided by a Steering Committee  [5] (SC), consisting of the National Coordinators of the member countries. The SC nominates an Executive Committee  [6] (ExCo) composed of five persons, to plan and execute the ECPGR activities, as decided upon by the SC.

  • ECPGR Phase IX - Goal, Rules of Procedures and Terms of Reference for the operational bodies (see here)  [7]
  • Brochure: ECPGR Phase IX (July 2015)  [PDF]  [9] (1.2 MB)
  • Factsheet Towards Phase IX (2014-2018)  [PDF]  [10] (614 KB)

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