Zonation workshop El Salvador

“Zonation workshop to guide the conservation strategies Mesoamerican crop wild relatives in El Salvador”

The workshop took place in San Salvador, El Salvador, July 9-11, 2018.

Aim of the workshop: 1) To define areas and species of interest for collecting germplasm of CWR in El Salvador, 2) to select the criteria to be included in the spatial analysis to identify important areas for the conservation of Mesoamerican CWR in El Salvador, and 3) to propose strategies and actions for the management and conservation of CWR in the areas of interest.

Participants: A total of 33 experts from universities and research institutes from El Salvador and project collaborators from the University of Birmingham (UK), IUCN (UK), CONABIO (Mexico) and CENTA (El Salvador) participated in the workshop.

The experts selected 14 sites of interest for collecting germplasm of the wild relatives of the following crops: corn, avocado, potato, vanilla, cotton, squash, chili peppers and blackberries, as well as the widely used plants chipilín, loroco, cilantro de monte, jicama, passion fruit and mamey sapote. In addition, a total of 10 areas of importance for the in situ conservation of CWR were identified. Actions to be carried out for the ex situ and in situ conservation of wild relatives of the cultivated species addressed were also outlined.

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