CWR prioritization can be carried out at different geographical (i.e. global, regional, national, subnational) and taxonomic (e.g. crop genus) scales and can be simple or complex and time-consuming depending on a number of factors such as the scale, methodology, and criteria used, the number of taxa in the CWR checklist and the available resources. Both criteria and methodology should be defined by the national agency or researcher that is prioritizing CWR and should, ideally, involve major stakeholders that play a role in CWR conservation and use (see Magos Brehm et al. 2016).

In terms of the method, the starting point for prioritization is the CWR checklist. Whatever the approach, floristic or monographic, prioritization essentially consists of three main steps:

  1. Define the prioritization criteria to be applied.
  2. Define the prioritization methodology.
  3. Apply both the criteria and methodology to the CWR checklist.

Associated with these steps there will also be a need to consider how many priority CWR will be flagged for immediate conservation action.

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.