The European Network of Breed and Seed Savers
The 3rd Dialogue Forum of the H2020 project IMAGE (Innovative Management of Animal genetic Resources) was held in Zagreb, Croatia on 24. August 2018. Topic was "Economics of Conservation". Presentations and further Information at: http://www.imageh2020.eu/conteudo.php?idm=25&lang=en
Variety-Savers is the dedicated social network for networking and listing all keepers of indigenous livestock breeds and cultivators of indigenous cultivated plants found in Europe.
The 25th SAVE Annual Conference was held in Kozard, Hungary from 25 to 27 June 2018. Seminar and presentations focued on "ecosystems and the added value linked to the conservation work". SAVE Nework Session (Council of Cooperation Partners and Project Commission)
"Pitch Talks" - a short presentation of the work of the partner organizations - have been established as an integral part of the SAVE Network Session at the annual meetings during the last years. Pro-jects and topics from "Nature Conservation and Sustainable Rural Development in Bulgaria" to the "Platform of Plant Organizations in the Nether-lands" were briefly presented. The subsequent lively discussion finally focused on public relations and the marketing of agrobiodiversity. In order to reach the general public it is important not to stress the endangerment, but the cultural heritage, the tradition. The "Pitch Talks" are available on the SAVE website under "Conferences".
Another topic of discussion was fairness and best practice among the SAVE partners. In activities such as the branding of a breed or cross-border projects, the dialogue with the network partners should always be looked for so that misunderstandings and discordant noises can be counteracted as early as possible.
The conclusion of the meeting of the cooperation partners was that at the SAVE meeting 2019 less emphasis should be placed on presentations, as they were held in the SAVE seminar, but "pitch-talks" of the participants with fixed topics given beforehand by the network office and a subsequent debate should be deepened. In this way the exchange of views in the SAVE network should be promoted. A goal-oriented debate thus serves the exchange of best practice experiences. It was also suggested to draft a "SAVE Charter" to strengthen fairness and ex-change in the SAVE network. Each partner of the SAVE network is called upon to think about the specific design of such a SAVE Charter and to communicate it to the Network Office.