Crop Wild Relative Project
Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) have not yet been properly utilized for varietals improvement in Sri Lanka. A new project to conserve this valuable biological resource is being implemented by the Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. . The project is funded by UNEP/GEF and globally implemented by the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute. In addition to Sri Lanka this project is being implemented in Armenia, Bolivia, Madagascar and Uzbekistan.
Main objective of the project is to enhance the capacity to use information to support conservation and sustainable utilization of CWR in selected five countries and to develop complementary information management system with national and international components. Many stakeholders are involved in the Sri Lankan component of this project.
Project activities will include training of nominated officers from stakeholder institutions on information management, CWR conservation, utilization, ecogeograpic surveys and increasing public awareness on Crop Wild Relatives.
Coordination among stakeholders of the project is done by the project management unit which has been established at the Horticulture Research and Development Institute, under the supervision of Director General of Agriculture. CWR project is for a period of five years.
Project Management Structure for Sri Lanka
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