Crop wild relatives

A manual of In situ conservation

Crop wild relatives (CWR) are plant species which are more or less closely related to crops. They are the repositories of genetic variation that can be used in breeding new and better adapted crop varieties that are resistant to stress, disease and more importantly the impact of climate change. The main conservation strategy adopted for CWR has been Ex situ. Now the need to conserve CWR in their natural surroundings (In situ) is increasingly recognized. Research coordinated by Bioversity International has produced a wealth of information on good practices and lessons learned for their effective conservation. This book captures the important experiences of countries participating in this work - Armenia, Bolivia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan - and provides practical, relevant information and guidance for the scaling-up of actions targeting CWR conservation around the world.

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Part I: Introduction

1. Introductory and background material

2. Crop wild relatives in the project countries

3. What do we mean by in situ conservation of CWR?

Part II: Conservation Planning

4. Planning for CWR conservation and partnership building

5. Participatory approaches for CWR in situ conservation

6. Developing national CWR strategies and actions plans

7. Selection and prioritization of species/populations and areas

8. Establishing an information baseline: Ecogeographic surveying

Part III: Conservation Actions

9. Protected areas and CWR conservation

10. Species and population management/recovery plans

11. Conservation strategies for species/populations occurring outside protected areas

12. Complementary conservation actions

13. Monitoring of areas and species/populations to assess effectiveness of conservation/management actions

Part IV: Other Major Issues

14. Adapting to global change

15. Capacity Building

16. Communication, public awareness and outreach


I. CWR species for which field data were collected in Bolivia during 2006-2009, by institution

II. Monitoring plan for cereal crop wild relatives in Erebuni State Reserve

III. Management plan for Amygdalus bucharica in the Chatkal Biosphere State Reserve, Uzbekisan

Hunter, D.; Heywood, V. (eds.)
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Bioversity International, Rome (Italy)
Issues in agricultural biodiversity
440 p.
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