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FairWild @ BioFach 2014

Download our event flyer for more informationFebruary 2014 - Known  as “the place where organic people meet”, the BioFach organic  trade  fair  is  an  important  annual  event  for  those involved  in  the  trade  in  wild  plant  ingredients.

This year, FairWild Foundation will be co-exhibiting with the Institute for Marketecology (IMO), accredited certifier for the FairWild certification scheme. Come and visit us on stand Hall 1 / 1-751, or contact us to arrange an individual appointment.

Please join us also for our two events during the fair:

Communicating sustainability: marketing of wild-collected herbal teas
Thursday 13th Feb, 16:00 - 17:00 (Krakau, NCC East)

FairWild breakfast reception: your chance to meet FairWild Board members and staff. Friday 14th Feb, 9:00 - 10:00 (Hall 1/1-751)

Please register your interest in attending to and download the event flyer for more information.

We look forward to meeting you!


FairWild Foundation's presence at BioFach 2014 is kindly supported by WWF Germany and our Friends of FairWild. To support FairWild, please consider making a donation.


Green growth for the TCM industry in China

Lishui, Zhejiang province, China, December 2013—Over 100 representatives from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) companies, government, academia, and NGOs convened in Lishui in November at the inaugural meeting of a project to promote sustainable management of medicinal and aromatic plant resources by the private sector.

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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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