The establishment and implementation of in situ conservation goals for national CWR diversity involve 12 steps:

  1. Review in situ conservation gaps.
  2. Combine in situ conservation gaps with the results of the diversity analyses.
  3. Incorporate climate change analyses into site selection.
  4. Select the preliminary in situ CWR conservation sites for target CWR.
  5. Integrate in situ conservation priorities with national/international agri-environmental schemes.
  6. Ground truth of preliminary sites to determine whether sites are suitable for in situ conservation of target CWR.
  7. Reformulate in situ conservation priorities (if necessary).
  8. Select final CWR in situ conservation sites and actions.
  9. Ensure the sites (genetic reserves) comply at least with the minimum quality standards.
  10. Ensure communities are involved in local CWR diversity conservation and management.
  11. Produce in situ site and CWR taxa conservation action/management plans.
  12. Establish routine collection of CWR diversity for ex situ conservation back-up.

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.