Why and how is Germany committed to the protection of wild plants for food and agriculture?

  • By signing the International Seed Convention and the Convention on Biological Diversity, Germany has committed itself to preserving wild plants for food and agriculture in situ, i.e. at their place of occurrence. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) has included this as a need for action in the National Programme for Plant Genetic Resources and is currently working on establishing a network of genetic reserves in Germany.
  • The conservation of species diversity and their potential for use is an important social objective. Nature conservation and agriculture therefore work together to conserve these genetic resources.