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FairWild certified licorice tea on sale in Japan

Catalog of WWF Japan's Panda Shop introducing Pukka’s FairWild tea. © TRAFFIC East Asia – JapanTokyo, Japan 29th May 2013—Nine months after its launch in the UK the Peppermint & FairWild-certified Licorice Tea produced by Pukka Herbs Ltd is now being retailed through WWF’s Panda Shop in Japan.

It is the second brand of tea with FairWild-certified ingredients on sale in Japan, joining a range of herbal teas produced by US manufacturer Traditional Medicinals Inc.

“Japan is a major consumer of products made from medicinal and aromatic plants and the availability of FairWild-certified products on the Japanese market is key to raising awareness among consumers of the importance of sustainability in the use of wild plant ingredients,” said Kahoru Kanari, Senior Programme Officer with TRAFFIC.

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Fascination of Plants Day - 18th May 2013

Equisetum arvense, a fascinating plant! © Bryony Morgan / TRAFFIC 18 May 2013 - Today the second international "Fascination of Plants Day" is launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO).

The event aims to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals.

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Celebrating world fair trade day - 11th May 2013

World Fair Trade Day is celebrated on 11th May 2013. Credit: WFTO11 May 2013 – Today the FairWild Foundation joins in a worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.

The World Fair Trade Day is organised by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), the global network of Fair Trade Organizations around the planet. As part of this celebration, various events are organized in more than 70 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and Pacific Rim.

This day focuses attention on the need for trade to benefit the most vulnerable and deliver sustainable livelihoods by developing opportunities for small and disadvantaged producers.

The World Fair Trade Day is a worldwide appeal to consumers to include Fair Trade in their shopping bags, businesses to incorporate Fair Trade in their supply and offices, and local authorities and national governments to include Fair Trade in public procurement.

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SEED your wild plant business in 2013!

The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurs in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find “the most promising social and environmental start-up enterprises in emerging economies, developing and least developed countries”.

The awards, sponsored by the SEED Initiative, promise a tailor-made support package to help entrepreneurs expand their businesses, in order to generate employment and new livelihoods, train local communities, and use natural resources in a sustainable manner.

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South-East Asia nations discuss integration of plant conservation targets into national policies

FairWild Standard implementation in practice at a CEPF-funded project at Bac Kan, Viet Nam © Dr Nguyen Tap / TRAFFICSingapore, 2013—Participants from countries across South-East Asia plus China met last month in Singapore to develop or update national and regional plant conservation targets consistent with the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). 

The GSPC was adopted by parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in April 2002 and for the first time set quantitative, although non-binding, conservation targets and a deadline for their attainment.

The GSPC currently has 16 targets under five objectives that include sustainable and equitable use of plant products, documentation and conservation of plant diversity improving education and awareness of plants, and increasing capacity for plant conservation.

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