The basic purpose of the Conference is to analyse the current state of native breeds of domestic animals and plant varieties, as well as the state of habitats they used to inhabit and in which they used to grow. The Conference also aims to analyse the role of native breeds and varieties in protection of biodiversity, with a view to preserve biological diversity of Croatia in accordance with the National Programme for EU accession and NATURA 2000 programme. The Conference will focus on presenting the state of indigenous forms of domestic animals and plants in Croatia and its neighbouring environment, including the state of habitats, in a multidisciplinary, systematic and integral manner. The goal is to determine the form and degree of threat posed to indigenous domestic animals and plants as well as the state of their neglect and to identify the existing and future modalities of their protection and utilisation. Special attention will be paid to international experiences. The Conference will provide information on how the habitats of native breeds and varieties used to be maintained in the past while, at the same time, it will offer contemporary solutions which will take into account the impact native animal breeds and plant varieties have on biodiversity.
The multidisciplinary format of the Conference is expected to encourage the Conference participants to address the issues of habitats, native breeds and varieties in a creative way, through an innovative approach that differs from approaches typically used in valorisation of unutilised natural and cultural heritage.
A three-day work of the Conference will be composed of plenary presentations and thematic discussions focused on three thematic areas: