NATIONAL INFORMATION SHARING MECHANISM (NISM): INFORMATION SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE UTILIZATION OF PLANT GENETIC RESOURCE FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE (PGRFA)
Malaysia adopted the Global Plan of Action (GPA) in order to establish the conservation and sustainable utilization of PGRFA, during the fourth International Technical Conference on Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) in June 1996 in Leipzig, Germany. Malaysia also agreed that a mechanism is needed to monitor the implementation of the GPA, identifying gaps and effective strategies and action plans at a national level, by gathering and exchanging information. The first cycle of the FAO project (GCP/RAS/186/JPN) to establish the National Information Sharing Mechanism (NISM) started in 2004 and finished in 2007. Data of activities and research associated with PGRFA since 1997-2007 were gathered and compiled in the NISM database. The database can be accessed through a website dedicated to the NISM project, through a link in the MARDI website (http://mega.mardi.my/ gpa/mys/index.html.) or through the World Information Sharing Mechanism (WISM-GPA) website at http://www.pgrfa.org/gpa/. MARDI also published a book entitled Conservation and Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Malaysia to highlight the outcome of the first iteration of the NISM project. The second iteration of the NISM will start in 2012 to report any further development or gaps in the GPA starting from 2008.
Rosliza, J., Erny Sabrina, M.N. and Mohd Shukor, N. (2013). NATIONAL INFORMATION SHARING MECHANISM (NISM): INFORMATION SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE UTILIZATION OF PLANT GENETIC RESOURCE FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE (PGRFA). Acta Hortic. 979, 485-488
agricultural biodiversity, food security, genetic erosion, Malaysia, strategic policy