Food Publications

Thematic assessment of pollinators, pollination and food production 
Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)                                       IPBES Secretariat, Bonn, Germany, 2016

More than 75% of the world’s food crops rely to some degree on animal pollination; however these environmental services are threatened due to the high extinction risk facing the world’s pollinators. This major overview by IPBES involved experts from all regions of the world, who have analysed a large body of knowledge, including about 3,000 scientific publications. 


The fishery effects of marine reserves and fishery closures

Fiona Gell and Callum Roberts
WWF US, Washington DC, 2002

Detailed overview of the benefits to fisheries from protecting fish stocks in marine protected areas, with advice to protected area managers. Now quite old but still contains a lot of useful information.


Food Stores: Using protected areas to secure crop genetic diversity

Sue Stolton, Nigel Maxted, Brian Ford-Lloyd, Shelagh Kell and Nigel Dudley
WWF and the University of Birmingham, UK, 2006

Examines the role of protected areas in protected crop wild relatives and land races as a resource for crop breeding and therefore increased food security, including many examples and case studies and also guidelines for protected area managers.


Website: Crop Wild Relative Specialist Group

IUCN Species Survival Commission

The Crop Wild Relative Specialist Group (CWRSG) is a network of CWR experts around the world dedicated to working jointly to promote the conservation and use of CWRs.



Crop Wild Relatives: A Manual of in situ Conservation

Danny Hunter and Vernon Heywood
Earthscan, 2011

Crop wild relatives (CWR) represent a vital genetic resource for breeding the new and better varieties that will be needed to maintain and increase the productivity of our crops and to allow them to survive under the new conditions created by climate change. Unfortunately, CWR are themselves at risk. Experience and knowledge in conserving CWR in situ, including in protected areas, is limited – this manual significantly enhances the global body of knowledge on the subject.


Protected areas and the challenge of conserving crop wild relatives

Danny Hunter, Nigel Maxted, Vernon Heywood, Shelagh Kell and Teresa Borelli
PARKS, 2012

It is widely recognized that many of the world’s protected areas contain crop wild relatives (CWR). Despite this, it has not yet proved possible to undertake significant actions to conserve the CWR they contain. This paper in the IUCN WCPA Journal PARKS provides an overview of CWRs in protected areas and concludes by drawing attention to the need for a global approach to conserving priority and threatened CWR in the wild.


Link to Food Overview