MONITORING the IMPLEMENTATION of the
GLOBAL PLAN of ACTION for the CONSERVATION and SUSTAINABLE USE of PGRFA
Surveys on GPA Implementation 1999-2003
The 2000 survey
In 2000, four years after the Fourth International Technical Conference, FAO officially requested
member countries to re-confirm or, if they had not yet done so, to designate National Focal Points
for the implementation of the GPA. Official replies appointing 177 National Focal Points were received from 151 countries. Such a large response
confirmed the continuing importance given to the GPA by FAO member countries.
A few months after their nomination, a survey was conducted through these National Focal
Points, who were requested either to complete a questionnaire or, alternatively, to provide a
brief summary report on the implementation of the Plan during the last biennium. The topics
addressed by the 2000 questionnaire were basically the same as in the former
survey conducted in 1998. The main methodological refinement consisted in the introduction,
for all the activity areas of the GPA, of a standardized approach, conceptually similar to that
tested for Activity Area 15 during the 1998 survey. In order to facilitate data analysis and
synthesis, yes/no and multiple choice questions were extensively used, and the average number of
questions per priority activity area was less than four.
Completed questionnaires from 101 countries can be accessed here:
A Progress Report on the implementation of the GPA, based on the analysis of the results from the 2000 survey, was presented at the Ninth Regular Session of the Commission.
The 2003 survey
In 2003, 180 officially appointed National Focal Points from 155 countries were contacted to assess progress in GPA implementation, following the procedure and methodology applied in the previous survey.
Completed questionnaires from 82 countries were received. They can be accessed here:
A Country Progress Report on the GPA Implementation was prepared and submitted to the Tenth Regular Session of the Commission.