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FairWild features in The Organic Standard

Wild collection standards under one roof: Josef Brinckmann, a member of the FairWild Foundation board, wrote about the history of the FairWild Foundation initiative and the reasons for its existence in the April 2009 issue of The Organic Standard.

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New foundation to promote sustainable collection of wild plants

Left to right: Julia Marton-Lefèvre (Director General, IUCN), Professor Beate Jessel, BfN President, Guillermo Castilleja, Executive Director of Conservation, WWF and Steven Broad, Executive Director, TRAFFIC, announcing a new ISSC-MAP agreement © TRAFFIC Barcelona, Spain, 9 October 2008—An important agreement was signed today between the four founding institutions of the International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP) to endorse global implementation of the standard through the FairWild Foundation.

ISSC-MAP is a standard that promotes appropriate management of wild plant populations used in medicines and cosmetics to ensure they are not over-exploited. Under the new agreement, the FairWild Foundation will help develop an industry labelling system so products harvested using the sustainable ISSC-MAP criteria can be readily recognised and certified. Use of the standard will be promoted throughout the herbal products industry.

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Therapy needed for medicinal plants

Traditional medicinals market © Nguyen TapCambridge, UK, 20 May 2008—It is well known that there are plants that save lives; the question now is who saves these plants from over- exploitation, habitat loss and a host of other threats.

Every year, about half a million tonnes of dried medicinal and aromatic plants (MAP) are traded internationally, and an unknown but substantial quantity is traded on national and local markets.

More than 50% of the plants are harvested from the wild, and the demand for MAPs is increasing world-wide. Coupled with land conversion and habitat degradation in many regions, it means around a quarter of such species are under threat.

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Sustainable use of wild plants project launched in India

More than 80 people attended the launch, including key policy makers, Forest Department officials, MAP cultivators collectors and traders, and representatives from WWF India and other NGOsUttarakhand, India, 28 February 2008—A project to implement the International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP) was launched in Dehradun, India, today.

ISSC-MAP promotes appropriate management of wild plant populations to ensure those used in medicines and cosmetics are not over-exploited. ISSC-MAP is based on six principles: maintaining wild MAP resources, preventing negative environmental impacts, legal compliance, respecting customary rights, applying responsible management practices, and applying responsible business practices.

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Taking a walk on the wild side

A lunchtime event at SBSTTA focussed on the International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP)Paris, France, 3 July 2007—Plants took centre stage today during the 12th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), currently taking place in Paris.

SBSTTA comprises government experts who provide reports and make recommendations to meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Yesterday, the agenda focused on implementation of the CBD Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, with several participants noting the importance of medicinal and aromatic plants and the need for tools to support sustainable management and conservation of wild plants generally.

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