At national level, the National Strategy on Biological Diversity, the Strategy on Agrobiodiversity and the National Programme for the conservation of plant genetic resources are the relevant foundations for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources. In all, the importance of strengthened information, consulting and coordination activities for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in general and agrobiodiversity in particular at the federal level is emphasized, especially against the background of increasing European and international cooperation.
Modern information systems are an essential working tool for guaranteeing quality and efficiency in conservation work with regard to plant genetic resources and their sustainable use. The very rapid technical progress in this area allows for systems of ever higher performance capacity, making possible both a more efficient processing of the increasing quantities of data and also a better adaptation to users´ needs. Therefore the challenge is to further expand and update existing systems. In doing so, a “centralized-decentralised” approach will continue to be used, i.e. wherever possible and purposeful, central systems will be built up, due to the new technical possibilities, available to a multitude of users. Alongside this, not least for purely pragmatic reasons, there will also continue to be a demand for decentralized information systems (institutional infrastructure of information) among the involved parties themselves, because each of these users (where applicable) requires other applications which cannot be standardized.
With information systems like BIG, user get a fast and easy access to all information about plant genetic resources, which exist in several national public authorities and research instittions.