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Of livestock and crops is only possible when widespread measurements of genetic diversity (distances) are implemented. In the former livestock chapter we focussed mainly on cattle, pigs, sheep and goats for which data are widely available. g. poultry in the indicators. Unfortunately, the availability of data is weak. In contrast, crop diversity could be easily expanded to oil, root and fodder crops, fruit and particularly vegetables, partly except for the share of key crop varieties for crops mainly reproduced abroad.

In this context caution is required in using indicators in isolation, and options for establishing an integrated approach (or indicator clusters) to indicator development needs to be explored. 2. Framework in which to develop indicators In providing a framework in which a cohesive and balanced set of AEIs can be identified, selected and further developed, the OECD Driving Force-State-Response framework provides a useful model in highlighting the linkages between indicators (see OECD, 1999). OECD is also exploring the use of the ‘sustainability’ framework, which provides a way of examining the linkages between the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in terms of stocks and flows of capital (see Pearce, 1999).

2. Work on agri-biodiversity indicators will benefit in the future from further co-operation internationally, not only with different international governmental organisations such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, CITES, RAMSAR, FAO, UNEP and the World Bank, but also the many Non-Governmental Organisations that have a wealth of experience and information in the area, such as BirdLife International, the European Centre for Nature Conservation, IUCN, Wetlands International, and the World Resources Institute.

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