This project is a collaboration between El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Government agencies, local communities, universities and NGOs are working together to facilitate the implementation of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and its Nagoya Protocol, as well as the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) which target the in situ and ex situ conservation of CWR diversity in Mesoamerica as an urgent priority for regional food security and sustainable development.
Our project aims to improve in-country human capacity and knowledge for establishing conservation priorities for CWR, identify areas to safeguard threatened and vulnerable CWR, share information to assist in the conservation and management of important sites and conserve important Mesoamerican CWR species ex-situ in national seed banks.
The project consists of four main stages:
- Identification of important CWR at the national, regional and global levels
- Extinction risk evaluation according to the IUCN Red List
- Identification of key strategies for the conservation of CWR in each participating country
- Development of national plans for the conservation of CWR
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