agro biodiversity, rare breeds, animal welfare, education, public awareness
Area 3 (‘Society’): Improve on-farm practices to enhance consumer acceptability and address societal challenges associated with animal welfare, product quality and safety, biodiversity and provision of ecosystem services
We are interested in biodiversity in livestock breeds and in particular in conservation breeding. How can programs and methods of diverse, endangered breeds of livestock secure lasting protection of genetic diversity? How can breeding programs public outreach through education and research sucseed. How can the diversity of European breeds be protected. We are also interessted in forming networks through Europe.
Arche Warder is Europe’s largest center for rare and endangered domestic animals. On 40 hectares more than 1,200 animals from almost 86 different breeds can be found, including black and white Angler Saddleback pigs, Telemark cattle, Poitou-Donkey and Leinegans. Arche Warder’s five guiding principles for the preservation of endangered breeds:
1. Conservation through preservation. Through this objective, valuable old breeds are maintained and population size is increased.
2. Conservation through the establishment of satellite stations. With pastures distributed outside the park, Arche Warder ensures the protection of breeds against epidemics. These satellite pastures also allow us to increase the gene pool and utilize selected animals for agricultural purposes.
3. Conservation through education. The goals of Arche Warder serve our larger mission of conservation. Another way to work towards this is through education. We believe that by educating the general public the genetic diversity of domestic animals be saved.
4. Protection by networking with national and international institutions. In order to work successfully, Arche Warder needs a functioning network. Arche Warder maintains close contacts with nature conservation foundations, zoos, animal parks, Herdbook breeders and other associations. Furthermore, it is an important topic in political d iscussions and exchanges in Schleswig-Holstein and at the federal level.
5. Protection through research. With ongoing research projects and a focus on protection issues, Arche Warder works in close collaboration with universities and various research institutions in Germany, exchanging and sharing information and experiences and supporting a number of scientific projects and studies on the physiological characteristics of old domestic animal breeds.