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Nordic Crop Wild Relative Conservation

A Report from Two Collaborative Projects 2015–2019

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The report summarizes results from a cooperation among all the Nordic countries during the period 2015 – 2019 (two projects). The work has focused on the conservation of Crop Wild Relatives (CWR), i.e. wild plant species closely related to crops. They are of special importance to humanity since traits of potential value for food security and climate change adaptation can be transferred from CWR into crops. The projects represent the first joint action on the Nordic level regarding in situ conservation of CWR. Substantial progress has been made regarding CWR conservation planning, including development of a Nordic CWR checklist and identification of suitable sites for CWR conservation. A set of recommended future actions was developed, with the most important one being initiation of active in situ conservation of CWR in all Nordic countries.

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Publication and outreach

Communication has been one of the important goals in the Nordic projects. The aim has been to use different approaches to reach different kinds of audiences: 1) Nordic stakeholders and policy makers, 2) the scientific community and 3) the interested general public. Availability has been an important part of this goal and publications have been made publicly available via the Nordic CWR website, open access data repositories and open access publication.

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