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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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Organic wild harvest operations may follow FairWild Standard to meet USDA NOP biodiversity conservation requirements

January 2016 – A new document published this month by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) provides guidance on natural resources and biodiversity conservation for certified organic operations. The guidance document has particular relevance for certified organic wild collection operations due to the statutory requirements for sustainable resource management of organic wild habitat.

While not incorporated to the guidance by direct reference; the value of the FairWild Standard as a framework to guide the biodiversity conservation efforts of wild crop operations was positively acknowledged in USDA’s response to comments.

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