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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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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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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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Join FairWild @ BioFach 2017

Visit the FairWild Stand Hall 4-478! © FairWild FoundationFebruary 2017 - Are you attending BioFach 2017, in Nuremberg, Germany 15-18 February? Join us at the world's largest Organic trade fair!

Find out more about FairWild at our stand, Hall 4-478. Come and meet the FairWild team and stay for a cup of herbal tea (or coffee)!

Please also join us for our annual event in the Exhibitor Forum, on Friday 17th February, 12:00 - 13:45 PM (Prag, NCC Ost). At the event "FairWild Standard – sustainability solutions for wild-collected ingredients", we will look at how applying the FairWild Standard can support the development of sustainable value chains: in terms of traceability, product quality and safety and to support collection communities. Guest speakers from different FairWild value chains will share their experience and perspectives, followed by a facilitated discussion.

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In Memoriam - Klaus Dürbeck

Klaus Dürbeck (1956 - 2016)Founding Member of FairWild Foundation & Chair of the Board of Trustees

Director of Klaus Dürbeck Consulting

Passed away suddenly due to illness on 16 December 2016

With great sadness we announce the death of our President, Klaus Dürbeck. One of FairWild's founders, he was at the heart of our work with the FairWild Standard, and our vision and mission to provide a fair and sustainable future for wild plant resources and the people that depend on them.

With long experience and as a highly respected professional in the natural products sector, Klaus brought to FairWild a deep knowledge of the medicinal and aromatic plants industry, and a strongly held commitment to supporting the needs of entrepreneurs in developing countries. He was skilled at working with all stakeholders to create a vision of sustainable rural economic development and wild resource management.

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