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FairWild newsletter issue 3 (December 2013)

December 2013 - The third edition of our newsletter is now available. FairWild Foundation newsletter issue 3: December 2013Catch up on the latest news from FairWild Foundation!

This issue looks back at successes of the past five years, and gives some news highlights from 2013. This was a busy year for FairWild Foundation - it saw a number of new products with FairWild-certified ingredients launched, and FairWild Standard projects underway in Morocco, China, India and beyond.

We're also looking ahead to 2014 - if you're planning to visit the BioFach trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany in February, we'd like to hear from you. Get in touch!


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Sweet dreams with the Traditional and Wild project

The “dream catcher” pillow and other Traditional & wild products were launched recently in Slovenia © Kristina RodinaSlovenia,  December 2013—The first wild-plant products from a European Union-funded Traditional and wild project supporting pilot initiatives to promote sustainable management of wild-collected plants and associated capacity-building for local wild plant collectors in Central Europe have been unveiled.

The FairWild Standard was used as the framework to develop sustainability principles for the project, and FairWild-certification of the wild-harvested ingredients remains a possibility for the future.

The Traditional and wild products include a “dream catcher” scented pillow containing a mixture of fragrant herbs growing in the surroundings of Trnovo Plateau in the Lokve region of Slovenia. The herbs include Lavender Lavandula angustifolia, Common Thyme Thymus vulgaris, Balm Mint Melissa officinalis, Peppermint Mentha x piperita and Chamomile Matricaria chamomilla.

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KCNC pays FairWild Standard project site in Viet Nam a visit

The KCNC delegation during their recent visit to a TRAFFIC community-based wild plant harvesting project in Viet Nam © TRAFFICViet Nam, December 2013—A 16-person delegation from Japan’s Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation (KCNC) have undertaken a field visit to a community-based project in northern Viet Nam, to see for themselves how local people are directly benefitting from the application of the FairWild principles of sustainable harvesting and equitable trade to wild plant harvesting.

Each year KCNC arranges a visit for representatives from Japanese donor corporations to selected project sites in Asia, to enable participants to gain a better understanding of how their generosity is supporting on-the-ground conservation initiatives.

“It happens that most of our previous missions visited projects which focused primarily on protecting nature, for example through conservation of rare species and restoration of species habitats”, said Mr Kuniyasu Matsumoto, the Deputy Executive Director of KCNC.

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Any collectors left? Experts examine social sustainability of wild plant harvesting in Central Europe

Zora Dajic Stefanovic, Chair of AMAPSEEC, speaking on the trade in medicinal plants in South-East Europe © Kristina RodinaBudapest, Hungary, October 2013—“Traditional and wild” project partners met earlier this month in Budapest to discuss the future of wild medicinal plant collection in Central Europe. The FairWild Standard has been used as the framework for the sustainability principles guiding the project.

Participants of the workshop included the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Ministry of Rural Development in Hungary, the Association of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of South East European Countries (AMAPSEEC), TRAFFIC and WWF Hungary, and other project partners of “Traditional and wild”.

The Central European “Traditional and wild ”project was instigated in part to preserve the traditional knowledge on wild plant collection in Hungary, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Poland that is being lost because the flow of information from generation to generation has been disrupted through reasons including the weak economic incentives of collection and increasing urbanization of society.

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FairWild Standard for sustainable use of wild medicinal plants highlighted at traditional Chinese medicine Congress

World Congress of Chinese Medicine delegates who met earlier this month in the USASanta Clara, California, USA, October 2013—More than 1,000 scholars, experts and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) met last month in Santa Clara at the 10th World Congress of Chinese Medicine (WCCM) and the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS).

Themed with “Co-operation between Eastern and Western Medicine, better health services for people around the world”, WCCM 2013 celebrated the global growth and development of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), participants exchanged experiences in medicine development, including the latest updates in relevant legislation, education, clinical practice and research.

The FairWild Standard was highlighted during the event as part of a dedicated session on sustainable sourcing and fair trade in TCM wild plant ingredients.

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