Interactive Toolkit for Crop Wild Relative Conservation Planning

A web-based interactive planning tool that can help users, countries, organizations or projects to undertake systematic conservation planning for crop wild relatives. It is a set of guidelines that one follows to develop a strategy and action plan for in situ conservation of crop wild relatives. The toolkit covers a set of modules, practical examples and resources of the main steps in the conservation planning process. 

It is useful to national authorities in charge of conservation or project coordinators or researches to plan the in situ conservation of plant biodiversity. For example, the Conservation Planning Specialist Group of Species Survival Commission of IUCN is using this tool as a model for planning the conservation of biodiversity. 

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Tool leaders

Funding and implementation partners

  • International Plant Genetic Resource Institute 
  • Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
  • University of Birmingham, United Kingdom 
  • University of Mauritius, Mauritius 
  • Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa 
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Zambia 

Results achieved

  • Improved knowledge of crop wild relative diversity in the SADC region. 

  • Increased awareness in scientific and political communities about the value and importance of in situ conservation of crop wild relative 

  • Enriched capacity of scientists and breeders to apply new innovative tools (conservation planning and diversity analysis) allowing for identification of both hotspot areas for in situ conservation of crop wild relatives and desired traits found in crop wild relative for breeding. 

Next steps/variations

The tool is interactive and can be tailored to fit the needs of the user.