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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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Integration and cooperation

One of the main goals of the projects has been to achieve Nordic synergy concerning CWR conservation. One way to achieve this has been through Nordic level planning (for results, see chapter 2–5). The fact that the same species as well as the similar climate and environment is found across the Nordic region, offers many synergy effects with common planning. In addition, tools and analyses developed in the Nordic project can be further used within national planning (see chapter 8).

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