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Call for proposals: SEED Awards 2014

The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurs in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally led start-up social and environmental entrepreneurs in countries with developing and emerging economies.

An international jury of experts selects enterprises which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability while contributing to a greener economy.

Businesses using the FairWild Standard to guide their sustainable harvest and fair trade of wild plant ingredients, or making plans to introduce the FairWild principles to their operations, may find the SEED Award scheme a potential source of financial and technical support.

For more details and to check the eligibility criteria for the award scheme, see the SEED Initiative website.

Deadline for applications: 08 April 2014 - 23:59 CET


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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