The World Heritage Animal Genetic Repository and Veterinary Institute (WHAGR & VI) Global Biodiversity Conservation Initiative is envisioned by its founders, to serve humanity as a non governmental, multinational animal genetic resource material backup and/or a primary holding center accompanied by a network of collaborating satellite conservation educational facilities - with priority given to Animal Genetic Resource ( AnGR ) biodiversity “HOT SPOTS” in developing nations. The WHAGR VI headquarters and network will advance cooperation of the synergistic benefits of animal genomic conservation and research with cutting edge veterinary and animal sciences education. WHAGR VI headquarters will serve as a model of sustainable agriculture while demonstrating comprehensive natural resource and land conservation. In addition, WHAGR VI shall serve to
aid developing nations and women farmer stakeholders build capacity through sustainable agriculture, natural resource and land management practices.
This well respected initiative operates as a and internationally recognized biosecure center with the generous support of private and corporate sponsors and stakeholders. Since 1993, World Heritage Animal Genomic Resources, operating as a 501©(3) charitable corporation, has provided a secure sustainable agricultural setting for the preservation of heritage domestic animals which are on the brink of extinction. Gathered from all corners of the world, World Heritage Animal Genomic Resources respectfully stewards and houses a collection of the world’s rarest agricultural animals and working breed dogs.
"The United Nations declared 2010 as the international Year of Biodiversity and the timely opening
of the new facility would be a big help in the work we plan to carry out together. This will demonstrate
in a practical way the importance of conserving animal breeds and plant varieties in fighting hunger
and maintaining a nutritious food supply for everyone." - Daniel Gustafson, UN FAO
Sharing consistent objectives with the UN FAO, UNEP, and CBD, accordingly, what began as Birchwood Conservancy carefully building relations with the UN FAO and CBD in 2009, transcended into the creation of effective global outreach and educational programs. Birchwood Conservancy has matured to become the WHAGR VI Global Initiative. WHAGR & VI works closesly with their collaborators in developing innovative projects to encourage public participation in sustainable conservation of agricultural animal resources.
" In an increasingly and predominantly urbanized culture getting this biodiversity message across is a
challenge and requires a lot of creativity. Birchwood Conservancy has great deal of experience in this
regard and we look forward to working with them in future with an expanded program of public outreach".
- Daniel Gustafson, UN FAO