In response to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said's order to review Oman's opportunities to protecting its globally significant genetic resources, the OAPGRC was established in 2012, under the umbrella of TRC.
The Sultanate of Oman has an abundant, untapped wealth of unique genetic resources including over 1,200 species of plants, more than 1,200 species of fish, 10 livestock species, 128 breeding species of birds, more than 130 coral species, and 5 turtle species. Without a doubt, these rich, indigenous genetic resources are of significant cultural, historical, social, health and commercial value, not only to the Sultanate but also to the region and the rest of the world.
The efforts of OAPGRC and the research that it supports will contribute to the future prosperity of Oman by creating sustainable jobs and enhancing Oman's international competitiveness during this challenging 21st-century economy. Consequently, as food security gains increasing prominence on the global stage, the importance of preserving genetic resources comes into ever-sharper focus, and the work of OAPGRC becomes more relevant.