ITALIAN BIODIVERSITY PROJECTS BECOME BEST PRACTICES AT G7

(VELINO) Roma, 18 Mar - Four Italian projects developed by theDirectorate General for Development Cooperation of the ForeignMinistry, are in the "accountability report 2015" of the Germanpresidency of the G7. The report focuses on biodiversity,aiming to document and disseminate some of the best practicesin the field, developed in synergy with other areas such asclimate change, health and food safety. One of the Italianinitiatives was in Lebanon, another in Albania and two more inBolivia. The projects all seek to strengthen the vegetablegermplasm banks of the national system of plant geneticresources for

(VELINO) Roma, 18 Mar - Four Italian projects developed by theDirectorate General for Development Cooperation of the ForeignMinistry, are in the "accountability report 2015" of the Germanpresidency of the G7. The report focuses on biodiversity,aiming to document and disseminate some of the best practicesin the field, developed in synergy with other areas such asclimate change, health and food safety. One of the Italianinitiatives was in Lebanon, another in Albania and two more inBolivia. The projects all seek to strengthen the vegetablegermplasm banks of the national system of plant geneticresources for agriculture and nutrition (2004-2011) and of theAmazon Without Fire Programme (2012 to the present). Thereport, which will be officially presented at the next meetingof G7 heads of state on 7 and 8 June at Castle Elmau inGarmisch-Partenkirchen (Bavaria), describes the progressachieved on the commitments made by G7 countries at previoussummits both individually and collectively. This annuallycompiled document is therefore a very important opportunity toassess the credibility and transparency of the politicalcommitments made by member states. The inclusion of twoexperiences in the G7 report is an excellent opportunity forvisibility and dissemination of the activities performed in theregion, constituting, at the same time, a source of greatsatisfaction for Italian Cooperation in Bolivia - where theonly Local Technical Unit in South America is in operation -also due to the thematic focus of the document in question, thepromotion of good practices in biodiversity and theconservation of the genetic and environmental heritage,priority areas for Italian development cooperation. vel.