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.



Nordic CWR species

A CWR checklist is an inventory of all crop wild relatives, for example in a specific region or for CWR related to a particular crop or crop type. A comprehensive CWR checklist for the Nordic CWR taxa had not been drafted previously. Therefore, it was decided to make such a list in the beginning of the Nordic CWR projects to enable regional conservation planning of crop wild relatives. Additionally, those countries which did not previously have national CWR lists, could draw them from the Nordic list and adapt them to their national needs.


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