The European Network of Breed and Seed Savers
SAVE is a pan-European umbrella organisation with the purpose of networking organisations that strive to halt and reverse the trend of genetic erosion of biodiversity in agriculture. Biodiversity in agriculture is not only an essential part of biodiversity, but also an essential instrument for rural development in marginal areas, especially in areas of special environmental value like traditional Agro Eco Systems (TAES). In those areas, conservation of Agro-Biodiversity is an option for the local people to improve their income and for sustainable landscape management. SAVE works with a wide range of local stakeholders to characterise and monitor threatened diversity and to increase capacities, promote in-situ/on-farm conservation and to provide knowledge, information and practical support. SAVE Foundation has been active for more than 17 years. The SAVE network currently consists of 21 partner organizations in 16 European countries. SAVE Foundation stands for the safeguarding of agrobiodiversity, within unique human systems throughout Europe. SAVE acts as a representative of NGOs and farmers/breeders and strives to ensure that their voice is heard and their needs for grassroots development are met. An inextricable link lies between human culture and agrobiodiversity. This is taken into account in all agrobiodiversity conservation activities.