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FairWild Standard

The FairWild Standard applies to wild plant collection operations wishing to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable collection, social responsibility and Fair Trade principles.

The FairWild Standard is periodically revised based on implementation experience and stakeholder feedback. Current versions are available for download below.

FairWild Standard, Version 2.0 (August 2010) (PDF, 0.45 - 1.6 MB) 

Available in: English, ArmenianAzeri, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Chinese, FrenchGeorgian, German, Hungarian, Japanese, PolishPortugueseRussian, Spanish

FairWild Standard, Version 2.0  Performance Indicators (August 2010) (PDF, 0.4 - 1.5 MB)

Available in: English, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Chinese, FrenchGerman, Hungarian, Japanese, PolishPortuguese, Russian, Spanish

The FairWild Foundation makes every effort to ensure accuracy of translation, but some discrepancies may remain. The English version should be used as the reference in the case of any differences in meaning. Feedback on translation errors can be sent to the FairWild Foundation Secretariat.

The current FairWild Standard (version 2.0) was developed through a combination of an original FairWild Standard, dealing with social aspects, and the International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection (ISSC-MAP) dealing with ecological aspects. These precursors can be found here. See also the history of the FairWild Standard.

Implementation guidance documents:

A number of guidance documents have been produced during projects piloting the FairWild Standard and its precursor, ISSC-MAP, in selected countries worldwide. In order to make documents available as soon as possible, some have been published as working drafts.  Your feedback is welcomed. 

ISSC-MAP Resource Assessment guidance document (DRAFT: PDF, 1.1 MB) and accompanying powerpoint presentation (PDF, 2.6 MB)

ISSC-MAP Management Planning guidance document (DRAFT: PDF, 800 KB)

FairWild Guidance Manual for Social and Fair Trade Aspects (UPDATED DEC 2013: PDF, 1.2 MB)

FairWild Guidance Manual for Establishing Species and Area Management Plans for Low Risk Plant Species (NEW DEC 2014: PDF, 3 MB)

IMO Manual for Sustainable Wild Collection Practices (PDF, 2.1 MB)

IMO Manual for Developing and Implementing an Internal Control System (PDF, 1.9 MB)

IMO Manual for Quality Assurance (PDF, 1.6 MB)



Certification scheme documents:

See documents available for download on the following pages:


Other documents and resources:

Caucasus: IMO Monographs for Selected Wild Plants from the Caucasus (PDF, 3.2 MB)

South East Europe: The following manuals were developed in the context of projects supporting sustainable wild collection and improved market access in South East Europe, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO). They are made available for download with the kind permission of the publishers.

MEDICINAL PLANTS: Manual for Collectors Based on Principles of Organic Production. English language version. (Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2003) (PDF, 3.8 MB)

MEDICINAL PLANTS: Manual for Collectors Based on Principles of Organic Production. Albanian language version. (Kosovo, 2007) (PDF, 3.6 MB)

Central Europe: Examples of situation analyses (first step of resource assessment) and other studies based on FairWild Standard principles are available from the Traditional and Wild project website.

A variety of resources are available through the “Traditional and wild” online toolbox, hosted by TRAFFIC.

Japan: FairWild information for industry, in Japanese. Available as a brochure (PDF, 4.4MB) and info sheet (PDF, 4MB). See also the TRAFFIC Japan website.

Taiwan: Introduction to FairWild, in Chinese. Available from TRAFFIC Taiwan website.