The content and management of the National Inventories (NIs) is a national responsibility. National Inventories
of Plant Genetic Resources are implemented and maintained by individual European Countries as a contribution to
the implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and
other international mechanisms such as the FAO Global Plan of Action, the Clearing House Mechanism (CHM) of the
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The NIs are
expected to include food crop genetic resources as forages are also crops, forages, wild and weedy species
(including crop wild relatives (CWR)), medicinal and ornamental plants, but not forest genetic resources.
Cultivars, landraces, farmers' varieties, breeding lines, genetic stocks and research material are included.
Together, the NIs are the backbone of EURISCO: in addition to relevant information for the PGR Search Catalogue,
they may also contain other important information about PGR held in each country. The content of the NIs should
be flexible and in accordance with the mandate of each country. The level of data management (i.e. the frequency
of updating, the maintenance of data quality and completeness) and access to information is the responsibility
of individual countries.