Farmer’s Pride webinar: Crop wild relative conservation – adding value to Europe’s natural sites
23 June, 16:00 – 17:30 CET
Crop wild relatives (CWR) are wild plant species that provide vital diversity for adapting and improving our crops – particularly in the race to combat the adverse impacts of climate change on agricultural production systems. Recent research has shown that a significant number of CWR species occur within protected areas in Europe, including at least two thirds of the highest priority species in need of conservation action in the region. Due to the unique value of CWR for food security, conserving these species in Europe’s managed natural sites offers a novel opportunity to add significant value to these areas.
The aim of this webinar is to introduce natural site managers to the value of CWR in a European and global context, explain which species are a priority for conservation action in Europe and why, and present what we know about where they are found in the wild. We aim to engage site managers in international efforts to conserve these precious resources, and will explain how this can be achieved in existing sites with minimal additional effort and investment, providing a priceless contribution to food security and sustainable agriculture.