Oral Report from Dr. Juan Capote, the newly-elected IGA president, during the closing session of the XI ICG held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, September 24-27, 2012
Dear IGA members,
Welcome to the closing session of the XI International Goat Conference.
In 2005, a new IGA strategic plan was developed. In retrospect, this strategic plan was very ambitious and consequently not all goals have been achieved as of today. Nevertheless, we have made great strides and we are optimistic about the future of IGA and of goats in this world.
Main conclusions of the IGA regional meeting, Santa Cruz de la Palma (Canary Islands), October 4-5, "Local Goat Genotypes and their Utilization in Management Systems as Means of Conservation"
The purpose of this meeting was to join an IGA regional meeting with the regular Iberian Congress of the Spanish Society of Animal Genetic Resources and the Portuguese Society of Animal Genetic Resources. This meeting was located in La Palma, a small Canary island with a local goat breed, the Palmera breed* and specific extensive pastoral traditional systems.
Around 90 scientists and technicians** from the Iberian Peninsula, as well as from Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Guatemala, etc.), who were involved in the conservation of local animal breeds including; goats, cattle, sheep, poultry, pigs and even snails, presented theirs works and discussed the future of local breeds and their conservation.
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.