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Project: Wild genetic resources – a tool to meet climate change

A major future challenge of humankind is to adapt agriculture to climate change, increase efficiency to assure food security, and at the same time minimise its environmental and climatic impact. One of the tools available to achieve this goal is to develop new, well adapted plant cultivars and cultivation systems. Wild plant genetic resources are one piece of the puzzle to achieve this goal.

Lingonberry growing in Härjedalen, Sweden. Photo: Anna Palmé


Aims and goals

The long-term aim of this project is to promote a reliable and more climate and environment friendly Nordic agriculture. In particular, the aim is to achieve Nordic synergy in the field of crop wild relative conservation and sustainable use and to facilitate Nordic cooperation on this topic.

The specific goals are

  • Continue to develop the common Nordic approach on conservation planning by integrating ex situ gap analysis into the planning
  • Efficient communication on CWR conservation and climate change to 1) Nordic stakeholders and policy makers, 2) the scientific community and 3) the interested general public.

Final Report

The final report of this project is published in the TemaNord publication series (TemaNord 2019:533): Nordic Crop Wild Relative conservation: A report from two collaborative projects 2015–2019

Publications/results from the project


Funding for the project has been received from the Nordic Council of Ministers, COP21 cooperation programme.