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Friday
Sep182009

ISSC-MAP featured in Conservation for a New Era

The latest analysis of the state of conservation published by IUCN

The book, Conservation for a New Era, outlines the critical issues facing us in the 21st century, developed from the results of last year’s World Conservation Congress in Barcelona.

The landmark publication takes on the pressing issues of today and highlights the solutions to be found through investing in nature.

The International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP) features in a section on Optimizing biodiversity-related support for human health.

According to the report, considering the obvious importance of all components of biodiversity to human health, in the coming decade, delivering biodiversity conservation that supports maintenance or improvement of human health will require improved knowledge sharing, expanding partnerships and management of biodiversity resources at a landscape-scale and implementing policies and guidelines, such as the ISSC-MAP, directed at conservation of medicinal biodiversity.

The book is essential reading for today’s governments, businesses and decision-makers. It provides a snapshot of the current situation, split into 21 easy-to-read sections, as well as a roadmap for the future.

The full publication is available at: http://www.iucn.org/dbtw-wpd/edocs/2009-026.pdf