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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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Medicinal plant utilization underpins sustainable development in Zhejiang Province, China

Wild plant harvesters learn about use of the FairWild Standard © Chenyang Li / TRAFFIC July 2014— The medicinal plant harvesting community in Longquan city, Zhejiang, China, turned its attention to the sustainable production of herbal and medicinal plant products earlier this month.

The workshop was part of a wider initiative in Hunan and Zhejiang Provinces led by TRAFFIC in partnership with World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS), WWF China and Wecome Pharmaceutical Ltd under an EU China Environmental Governance Programme (EGP) on “Engaging China’s private sector in sustainable management of medicinal plants--the multiplier effect (EGP-MAPs)”. The project is using the FairWild Standard as a sustainability framework.

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FairWild Standard helps Pukka Herbs achieve 2014 Sustainability Champion Award

Pukka Herbs win the Supply Chain Management award. © 2degreesLondon, UK, 10th July 2014Pukka Herbs Ltd. has become a winner at the 2014 2degrees Sustainable Business Champions awards event held last night, thanks to their sourcing of FairWild-certified wild plant ingredients.

The UK-manufacturer won the Supply Chain Management category, fending off stiff competition to gain the votes of members of the 2degrees community – the UK’s biggest sustainability network.

Pukka Herbs has been working intensively on their supply chain sustainability and in 2011 chose to promote adoption of the FairWild Standard principles among their suppliers.

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