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Future development of FairWild certification highlighted at UK stakeholders meeting

Participants of the 2015 U.K. stakeholders meeting in Peacemarsh, Dorset. © Anastasiya Timoshyna / TRAFFICNovember 2015 – A lively mix of perspectives and ideas were exchanged at a FairWild workshop last month, where participants from across the value chain met to exchange experiences and work together on priorities for the future development of the FairWild certification system.

The meeting held was co-organised by the FairWild Foundation and TRAFFIC (a FairWild Foundation partner), and hosted by Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR), a registered FairWild Licensee (manufacturer using FairWild ingredients).

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FairWild Standard helps sow the seeds of sustainable harvesting in Viet Nam

A wild plant harvesting and trade project launched in Bac Kan province aims to improve the livelihoods of at least 1,000 low-income households, according to the principles of the FairWild Standard © TRAFFIC Bac Kan, Viet Nam, October 2015 — A three-year sustainable wild plant harvesting and trade project launched in Bac Kan province aims to improve the livelihoods of at least 1,000 low-income households, according to principles of the FairWild Standard.

The Enhancing management and benefit flows in Vietnam’s wild medicinal plant products project will improve market opportunities and skills in sustainable harvesting practices for local collectors of wild medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) in the buffer zones of Ba Be National Park, Nam Xuan Lac Species and Habitat Conservation Area, Kim Hy Nature Reserve, and Ngan Son district.

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Read the latest newsletter from FairWild: Issue 5 August 2015

Read issue 5 of the FairWild newsletter, August 2015. Available online here.

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FairWild Foundation publishes Standard Operational Procedures: Audit and Certification (Version 4/2015)

August 2014 - A revised version of the "Standard Operational Procedures: Audit and Certification (Version 4/2015)" has been published for the FairWild certification scheme. It is now effective for all new and existing operators of the FairWild certification scheme.

The documment lays out the requirements for application, inspection and certification of wild collection operations, who  wish  to  get  certified  and  become  a  FairWild  Certified  Collection  Operation. It is designed to be read in conjunction with the FairWild Trading Rules, which  defines  the  different  types  of  operator  in  the  chain  of  custody  for  FairWild ingredients, and how respective requirements apply.

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Success of traditional Chinese medicine environmental governance project celebrated in China

Weighing harvested Polygonatum 'rhizoma polygonati' © TRAFFICBeijing, China, 17th July 2015 — Participants in an innovative project promoting sustainable use of wild medicinal plants in China met this week to celebrate their success and look forwards to the future as the 30-month project comes to an end. The FairWild Standard has been used as the sustainability framework for the initiative.

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