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FairWild industry workshop - Cambridge, UK, June 15th

Cambridge, UK - June 2016. The increasing demand for wild plants – as ingredients for food, cosmetics, well-being and medicinal products – poses major ecological and social challenges. The pressure on potentially vulnerable plant species can endanger local ecosystems and the livelihoods of collectors, who often belong to the poorest social groups in the counties of origin.

As a response to these concerns, the FairWild Foundation promotes the FairWild Standard and certification system for the sustainable management and collection of wild plants, fungi and lichen. The FairWild certification system is under implementation worldwide.

On Wednesday 15th June, we are holding a focused workshop with industry stakeholders on the FairWild Standard and certification scheme. Held in connection with the annual FairWild Board of Trustees meeting, the event is an opportunity for engaged companies to learn the latest FairWild news, exchange experience on sustainable sourcing, and work with us on the further development of FairWild initiative.

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FairWild partnerships grow through global hub for nature conservation

Sir David Attenborough at the opening of the Cambridge Consevation Campus - the new home of the FairWild Secretariat © CCICambridge, UK - April 2016. This week was all about collaboration for conservation, as a new global conservation hub in Cambridge, UK, was formally opened on 6th April. Located in the David Attenborough Building, the new campus acts as a centre for the Cambridge conservation 'cluster' - the largest grouping of nature conservation organisations and university researchers in the world.

The campus was officially opened by Sir David Attenborough, after whom the building housing the campus has been named. Sir David has links with many of the organisations based in the campus and is a graduate of the University of Cambridge. In preparation for the opening event, Sir David gained a unique ‘plant’s-eye-view’ of this special building a few weeks ago, abseiling down the 13 metre high living wall in the central atrium.

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Stakeholders meet to formulate sustainable practices in India’s medicinal and aromatic plant trade

New Delhi, India, 29th March 2016—The potential of the FairWild Standard to guide sustainable trade of India's medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) was today highlighted in a consultative workshop organized by TRAFFIC, in collaboration with WWF, FairWild Foundation, Applied Environmental Research Foundation - AERF India, and the Federation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Stakeholders (FEDMAPS). The one-day event focused on Sustainable Trade, Standards and Certification Schemes in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) in India.

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FairWild highlighted in study of China's market potential for sustainably sourced wild plants

March 2016— A study launched in February by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and TRAFFIC examines the potential global market for sustainably sourced wild-collected botanical ingredients originating from China, the world’s leading exporter of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs), accounting for over 15% of global exports.

It highlights the FairWild Standard as the only international standard developed and implemented specifically for the sustainable management, use and trade of wild MAPs.

Sustainable Sourcing: Markets for Certified Chinese Medicinal and Aromatic Plants finds there are substantial market opportunities for certified MAPs from China, while capturing the opportunities these present could lead to improved biodiversity conservation, additional household income and investment to rural communities engaged in wild-harvesting.

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Strong FairWild presence at world leading organic food fair

Elisabeth Rueegg introduces the FairWild workshop at BioFach 2016. © Bert-Jan Ottens / ProFound & FWF March 2016, Nuremberg, Germany—Last month more than 48,000 trade visitors from 132 countries travelled to Nuremberg for Biofach, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food.

Biofach is a key event and meeting point where from 10–13 February, the FairWild Foundation was one of more than 2,000 exhibitors introducing sustainability products and services to the organic sector.

A side-event on FairWild Standard and certification scheme for sustainable wild collection: from audit to market held during Biofach attracted around 60 participants. The workshop focused on identifying challenges with implementing the FairWild Standard and the future development of the FairWild certification scheme.

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