Taking target CWR genetic data into account when planning for conservation involves the following six steps:

  1. Survey for existing genetic studies on target CWR.
  2. Formulate the genetic questions to be answered and design the experiment.
  3. Evaluate whether there are financial resources to undertake (further) genetic studies.
  4. Assess whether there is a sufficiently large population sample to carry out the genetic study.
  5. Determine whether there are skilled staff to carry out the genetic study, or alternatively.
  6. Perform an ecogeographic diversity study for target CWR that can be used as a proxy of genetic diversity.
  7. Incorporate genetic information into conservation planning.

Finally, a genetic erosion monitoring scheme should be implemented in order to detect changes in the genetic diversity of the CWR.

The Interactive Toolkit for Crop Wild Relative Conservation Planning was developed within the framework of the SADC CWR project www.cropwildrelatives.org/sadc-cwr-project (2014-2016),
which was co-funded by the European Union and implemented through ACP-EU Co-operation Programme in Science and Technology (S&T II) by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.
Grant agreement no FED/2013/330-210.