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FairWild at Mumbai Biofach

TRAFFIC India will be representing FairWild in the upcoming BioFach in Mumbai, India, from 18-20 November 2009.

BioFach is the World Organic Trade Fair.

TRAFFIC will be showcasing the ISSC-MAP project being implemented in India in the States of Uttarakhand & Karnataka.

TRAFFIC India is taking a delegation comprising of medicinal plant experts, local partner NGOs, State Government representatives and harvesters/collectors from the field (local community).

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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.

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FairWild Standards prove their worth in Bosnia and Herzegovina

A pilot project to implement measures for fair and sustainable collection of Wild Garlic in Bosnia & Herzegovina proved a success © Sladjana Bundalo  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 12 August 2009—experts in sustainable management have given their strong approval to the new sustainability standards for the collection of wild medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs), after testing them in Bosnia and Herzegovina during an 18-month pilot project on Wild Garlic Allium ursinum.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, located in south-eastern Europe, is a major source country for medicinal and aromatic plants collected in Europe.

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ISSC-MAP merges with FairWild Foundation

Horses are used to carry the harvested Wild Garlic collected at the implementation project in Bosnia & Herzegovina © Sladjana Bundalo  Implementation of the International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP) received a major boost in October 2008 with the agreement to combine ISSC-MAP with the “fair trade” standard developed by the FairWild Foundation. The new FairWild Standard provides a unified modular system of both standards’ requirements for assessing harvests of wild plants against ecological, social and economic requirements. Use of the FairWild Standard will support efforts to ensure plants are harvested and traded in a way that maintains healthy populations in the wild and benefits rural producers.

The agreement to join ISSC-MAP with FairWild Foundation was formalized during the IUCN World Conservation Congress (October 2008) with the signing of an agreement with the FairWild Foundation by representatives of ISSC-MAP’s four founding institutions: the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), IUCN, WWF Germany, and TRAFFIC. The application and further evolution of the combined FairWild Standard will be overseen by the FairWild Foundation, with IUCN, WWF and TRAFFIC each having initial representation on the Foundation’s governing and technical bodies, alongside representatives from the organizations involved in FairWild Foundation’s founding: SIPPO (Swiss Import Promotion Prog ramme), Forum Essenzia e.V and IMO (Institute for Market Ecology).

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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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