The scientific community has recognized the importance of livestock diversity. In the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources, the value of livestock diversity and the need to increase the awareness on preserving this diversity is underlined. In this context the development and use of monitoring indicators, will allow the description of the current situation and estimate the changes and trends at national, regional and international level. This paper aims to investigate the possibility of development and use of appropriate indicators in order to monitor the biodiversity of farm animal breeds in Greece. For this purpose, the population data of Greek sheep breeds were used and different sets of indicators were implemented aiming at analyzing the current situation of biodiversity and formulating proposals on appropriate indicators.
Livestock diversity indicators: an example on sheep breeds in Greece