Balkan-Network for Agrobiodiversity

The Balkan Network for Agrobiodiversity is a result of various activities for the in situ / on farm conservation of rare breeds initiated by the SAVE – Foundation since 2004. Through this activities it became clear, that there is an obvious willingness to take part in a cross-border regional co-operation despite differences in nationality, region or other interests. Thanks to this fact, it was possible to establish the Balkan Network with various stakeholders from all Balkan countries.


BushaLive, funded under the FAO Funding Strategy for the Implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources, targets the autochthonous Busha cattle breed of the Balkans, which survives in small, highly endangered, populations in every Balkan country. The projects targets the questions which and how many of the Varieties are existing under what conditions and how their conservation may be managed cross-border.


Prespa dwarf Cattle in Albania

The monitoring studies mentioned below have shown that a permanent, simple monitoring infrastructure with an early warning system is necessary. The „Alpine Delphi“ provides the opportunity to conduct a continuous overview of the situation of genetic resources in the Alps with relatively little effort.


Rescue station for pig breeds in the Buna-Delta

For the conservation of the endangered pig breeds in the Bojana-Buna Delta, SAVE built together with the Albanian partner organization ALBAGENE a joint project. With additional funding from the GEF Small Grants Programme concrete conservation work has been done to include and motivate the local farmers were for cooperation.


Turopolje pig

The Turopolje pig came close to extinction during the war in former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.The rescue of the pigs from between the lines of battle by members of the SAVE network is probably one of the most dramatic rescue operations SAVE has ever conducted.


Karakachan horses and sheep

Conservation  and  restoration  of  the local, ancient breeds of Karakachan sheep, Karakachanhorse and Karakachan dog, as one of the most primitive breeds in Europe

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