Pro Specie Rara

Liberate Diversity European Coordination





Switzerland 2013 - Programme


The programme will be regularly updated as more information becomes available. Workshop descriptions will be available shortly. For information on the venue please consult the registration menu. The forum's working languages are English and French.

SEPTEMBER 20 (Friday)

 8.00 am -  9.00 am Registration and coffee
 9.00 am - 10.30 am Opening session
10.30 am - 10.45 am Presentation of the programme, logistics, etc.
10.45 am - 12.00 pm Tour of the ProSpecieRara demonstration garden
12.00 pm - 1.30 pm Lunch
 1.30 pm -  3.30 pm Workshop session 1

- European seed legislation

Please also see "Main demands of the Réseau Semences Paysannes concerning the proposal of the European Commission on the new regulation on the marketing of seeds, plant health and controls"
Also the document on European seed varities by Gebhard Rossmanith
Also "Demands of an alliance of German organisations in the fields of agricultural diversity, nature conservation, consumers, organic agriculture and organic seed supply."
Also Contribution of the European Coordination Via Campesina to the 2013 Let's Liberate Diversity Forum on the "smarter rules for safer food" package
Also The Rete Semi Rurali's (Rural Seed Network) stance on the new regulations proposed by the European Commission on the marketing of plant propagation material, plant health standards and control management
Also The European legislation on the marketing of seeds: a reform drafted by and for the seed industry by Kokopelli

- Intellectual property rights on seeds
- Seed exchange as a UNESCO cultural heritage
UNESCO Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage - Report back from Basel - Download a PDF
- Livestock diversity 1

3.30 pm - 4.00 pm Break
4.00 pm - 6.00 pm Workshop session 2

- Sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (IT PGRFA)
Sustainable development programme presentation by Patrick Mulvany - Download a PDF
Sustainable Use of Agricultural Biodiversity and ITPGRFA by Mario E. Maderazo - Download a PDF
- New plant-breeding techniques: state of the art and possible impacts on GE-free seed cultivation
New plantbreeding techniques - Report back from LLD Basel - Download a PDF
- From local groups to seed networks: practical steps for creating a movement around agricultural biodiversity

Workshop on seed networks - Report back from LLD Basel - Download a PDF

6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Extraordinary General Assembly of the European Coordination: Let's Liberate Diversity
Farmers' Fair and poster exhibition

8.00 pm Dinner

SEPTEMBER 21 (Saturday)

  9.00 am - 9.30 am Orientation session for the day
  9.30 am - 11.30 am Workshop session 3

- Managing community-based seed systems: Tools for the on-farm management of agricultural biodiversity.
The seed exchange network in Andalusia - Presentation - Download a PDF (26 Mbs)
- Alternative labels for agricultural biodiversity. (Please also see this article by Terra Suisse, and the document on the ProSpecieRara label as well as an article on the BioSuisse label)
Alternative labels to support and promote agricultural biodiversity - Download a PDF
- Wheat landraces: diversity of breeding methods and legislation
Composite cross populations in wheat - presentation by Martin Wolfe - Download a PDF (28 Mbs)
- Livestock diversity 2

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm Lunch
  1.30 pm - 3.30 pm Report back for all workshop sessions
  3.30 pm - 4.30 pm Perspectives by international delegations from Iran, India, West Africa and Peru
  4.30 pm - 5.30 pm Closing remarks

SEPTEMBER 22 (Sunday) - Field trip

8.30 am - 9.30 am : Transfer by bus from Basel to Münzlishausen

9.30 am - 10.30 am : Guided visit to the ProSpecieRara conservation orchard "Münzlishausen" with a national collection of 350 apple varieties

10.30 am - 11.15 am : Snack and visit of the exhibition of apple varieties at the ProSpecieRara conservation orchard "Münzlishausen" (Snack: apple juice, apple, bread, …)

11.15 am - 12.30 pm : Transfer by bus from Münzlishausen to ProSpecieRara Arc farm "Uf em Bode" Ramiswil

12.30 pm - 1.30 pm : Guided visit to the ProSpecieRara Arc farm "Uf em Bode" (rare cow, chicken, sheep, pig and goat breeds)

1:30 pm - 2.30 pm : Lunch made of local products at Arc farm "Uf em Bode"

2.30 pm - 3.30 pm: Transfer by bus from ProSpecieRara Arc farm "Uf em Bode" Ramiswil back to Basel