Latest news from the FairWild Foundation

Friday
Jun232017

New accreditation system and auditor training programme for the FairWild Standard

Switzerland, June 2017 – This year has seen a further development for the FairWild certification scheme, with the formal launch of the FairWild accreditation and auditor training programme.

Elisabeth Ruëgg, Accreditation Coordinator, introduces the FairWild programme at BioFach 2017. © TRAFFICSelected control bodies (CBs) have been invited to apply in 2016, and from beginning of 2017 the scheme has been open to all interested applicants in a Phase 1 of the accreditation programme.

The introduction of the accreditation programme marks a transition from the previous model, whereby audit and certification services have been solely provided by the Institute for Marketecology (IMOswissAG) and their partner control bodies. IMOswissAG is a Swiss-based CB which has substantially contributed to the certification scheme development in the early years of the FairWild initiative, and continues to offer FairWild audit and certification services for wild collection operations worldwide.

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Tuesday
May092017

Spreading the Love of sustainability at #EarthOptimism

The FairWild and Pukka stand at #EarthOptimism engaging visitors on sustainable wild-plant ingredients © TRAFFICCambridge, UK, April 2017–On Saturday, 22nd April, leading conservationists, international NGOs and members of the public gathered at the David Attenborough building to celebrate this year’s Earth Day during an "Earth Optimism" event.

Organized by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, the event saw experts share inspiring examples of conservation success stories from across the world, spreading messages of hope on why, in many places, we are winning the fight to protect our planet and its natural biodiversity.

FairWild's contribution to the event was organised by TRAFFIC, partner of FairWild Foundation and a member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.

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Friday
Mar312017

FairWild features in training on Organic Wild collection in Armenia

Armenia, March 2017 - Organized by the Organic Agriculture Support Initiative (OASI), a training course on organic wild collection took place from 11th to 15th March in Armenia.

A series of workshops introduced good collection practices and fair trade principles for wild harvest, and made the participants familiar with the major elements of sustainable natural resource management. The FairWild Standard was one of the key documents used for the course.

Nature’s biodiversity is under threat worldwide: with increasing market demands natural resources are over used, and poverty is widespread among rural populations. In many countries of origin for wild ingredients, the legal and regulatory frameworks are not effective - or even not implemented at all - and there is little awareness for sustainable resource use practices.

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Monday
Mar062017

Investing in sustainable harvest of wild plants to benefit local communities in Europe's Danube region

Participants from 9 countries attended the international conference on “Local Economy and Nature Conservation in the Danube Region” (LENA) held in Sofia © WWF BulgariaSofia, Bulgaria, March 2017—A new project on “Local Economy and Nature Conservation in the Danube Region” (LENA) was launched last month through an international conference held in Sofia, Bulgaria. LENA aims to support livelihoods and business opportunities for communities with a low economic status, and involves co-operation across nine different countries. The project is financed by the EU's Interreg Danube Transnational Program.

During the course of the project, pilot business initiatives will be implemented in 11 Natura 2000 zones in the Danube region. Other forthcoming activities will address the development of tourism, sustainable transport and the creation of opportunities for sustainable income generation and natural resource management with a focus on agriculture, fishing and wild plant harvesting.

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Tuesday
Feb282017

FairWild sustainability solutions on show at BioFach 2017

Bryony Morgan, Executive Officer of the FairWild Secretariat, and Kirsten Palme, TRAFFIC Project Officer in Europe, in conversation on the FairWild Foundation stand at BioFach 2017. © Anastasiya Timoshyna / TRAFFICNuremburg, Germany, February 2017— Earlier this month the BioFach trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany, brought customers, suppliers and manufacturers together with a variety of stakeholders from across the organic sector.

FairWild Foundation was present as an exhibitor at the fair, encouraging those involved with the trade in natural ingredients to ensure the sustainable and equitable use of wild resources.

Between 15th – 18th February, the FairWild stand in Hall 4 became a meeting hub for those interested in sustainable sourcing (and in trying a cup of FairWild herbal tea!). Visitors to the fair also had the opportunity to participate in special events, sharing experience on sustainable trade and how to establish FairWild value chains.

 

 

 

 

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