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Development of a globally agreed list of descriptors for in situ crop wild relatives documentation

Starting date: 1 June 2019

Ending date: 31 May 2020

Donor: Government of Germany – BMEL

FAO project code: GCP /GLO/974/GER

Related Treaty Program:  Global Information System (GLIS)

Project Objectives:   The project will address the gaps and the lack of coherence in the documentation methods for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA), in particular for Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) under 'in situ' conditions. Those gaps represent a barrier for the sharing of information in the scientific community and for the development of added-value services for plant breeders and organizations working on agricultural biodiversity. The project will consolidate work done on CWR descriptors by recent initiatives developed at national and international levels from different regions.

It will take as the starting point the Core Descriptors for in situ conservation of CWR v.1 published by Bioversity International. Besides, it will also build on recent experiences conducted by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) of FAO and its Global Information System (GLIS) and DOIs (GCP/GLO/685/GER), as well as International projects such as the Horizon 2020 Farmer’s Pride.

The project foresees an on-line consultation with authoritative international experts of the Core Advisory Group (CAG) that will help to approve a revised strategic short list of CWR in situ conservation descriptors. It is predicted to validate the short list in countries representing FAO regions through a global survey. Survey results will be finally validated during face-to-face meetings with selected stakeholders and members of the CAG to achieve global consensus on them.

The project will promote and disseminate to the Treaty National Focal Points the resulting international validated standard descriptor list for CWR in situ documentation. On-farm management of PGRFA is not addressed in this project. The project beneficiaries are national focal points of the International Treaty, researchers, plant breeders, and conservationists worldwide.

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