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FairWild newsletter issue 4: December 2014

Issue 4 of the FairWild newsletter will bring you up to speed with developments in 2014, with articles on the Standard and certification scheme, as well as projects underway worldwide that are drawing on the FairWild principles.

In this issue we bring you updates from Central Europe, China, Viet Nam and Kosovo, as well as policy news.

We hope you enjoy reading it!

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Neal’s Yard Remedies blaze a path with FairWild ingredients at the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, Paris!

24th November 2014, Paris – This week saw the cosmetics industry gather at the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit to celebrate innovations in sustainability and honour those who are making a valuable contribution to the development of the beauty industry, through the Sustainable Beauty Awards. And developments with the FairWild Standard and certification scheme did not go unnoticed.

FairWild-licensee Neal’s Yard Remedies was awarded runner-up in the Sustainable Beauty Awards category “Sustainability Pioneer”. This award recognises leadership in the beauty industry in aspects of sustainability – it is given to organisations that demonstrate a pioneering position.

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Sustainable use of Chinese medicinal plants brings lasting benefits

Shuijing Township, Sichuan Province, China October 2014—A dedicated group of companies, government representatives and NGOs gathered in Shuijing Township, Sichuan Province to exchange experiences on sustainable harvesting and equitable trade in wild medicinal and aromatic plants. The workshop took place in the framework of a European Union-China Environmental Governance Programme project (EGP MAPs), implemented by TRAFFIC and partner organisations

Meeting participants included representatives of four traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) manufacturing and trading companies engaged in the initiative, which aims to establish green supply chains for the TCM industry in Zhejiang and Hunan provinces. The FairWild Standard is used as the sustainability framework for the project.

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Sustainable use and conservation of wild plants critical to achieving CBD's Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Medicinal plant harvesting, Japan © K Kanari / TRAFFICPyeongchang, Republic of Korea, October 2014—A new Plant Conservation Report 2014, launched at the start of the twelfth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD CoP12), which concluded earlier this month in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, finds that several of the 16 Aichi Biodiversity Targets on global plant conservation are unlikely to be met by 2020.

The Plant Conservation Report 2014 (PDF) details the value of wild plants both to the global economy and to local communities, and presents an assessment of their conservation status around the world, based on information generated through the mid-term review of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC).

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UK companies chart a sustainable future for wild-harvested plant ingredients

Participants included (L-R): Eileen Veitch-Clark (OHTC), Bryony Morgan (FairWild Foundation), Vicky Murray (Neal’s Yard Remedies), Alex Parker (London & Scottish), Ben Heron (Pukka Herbs), Jim Twine (OHTC), Steven Broad (TRAFFIC / FairWild Foundation), Rachel Kelly (OHTC), Anastasiya Timoshyna (TRAFFIC). © OHTCSeptember 2014 – Last week, in a quiet corner of the Somerset countryside, some of the UK’s leading organic brands met to work together on shared concerns around sustainable collection and fair trade of wild plant ingredients.

The meeting was co-organised by the FairWild Foundation and TRAFFIC (the wildlife monitoring network, and a FairWild Foundation partner), and hosted by the Organic Herb Trading Company (OHTC), a registered trader of FairWild ingredients.

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