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New FairWild certification project brings sustainable and ethical baobab to the market

Tongan women with Baobab fruit, Adansonia digitata, for sale to B'Ayoba, Zimbabwe. © David Brazier / B'Ayoba.Zimbabwe, August 2017 - One of FairWild’s newest certification scheme entrants, B’Ayoba, is a natural ingredients company that supplies Baobab Adansonia digitata products, ethically and sustainably wild harvested in partnership with rural producer communities around Zimbabwe.

The company was established in 2012, and has a management team with extensive experience in sustainable sourcing, working with local communities and bringing innovative products to market.

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“FairWild Week” to champion sustainable wild plant harvesting

August 2017 - The FairWild Foundation will launch the first ever “FairWild Week” to champion the vital need to harvest wild plant ingredients sustainably. Taking place between 21–27th August, the event will be supported by our partners such as TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, and involve FairWild certification scheme participants including Pukka Herbs, Traditional Medicinals, Neal’s Yard Remedies, London and Scottish and Dr. Jackson’s.

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New accreditation system and auditor training programme for the FairWild Standard

Switzerland, June 2017 – This year has seen a further development for the FairWild certification scheme, with the formal launch of the FairWild accreditation and auditor training programme.

Elisabeth Ruëgg, Accreditation Coordinator, introduces the FairWild programme at BioFach 2017. © TRAFFICSelected control bodies (CBs) have been invited to apply in 2016, and from beginning of 2017 the scheme has been open to all interested applicants in a Phase 1 of the accreditation programme.

The introduction of the accreditation programme marks a transition from the previous model, whereby audit and certification services have been solely provided by the Institute for Marketecology (IMOswissAG) and their partner control bodies. IMOswissAG is a Swiss-based CB which has substantially contributed to the certification scheme development in the early years of the FairWild initiative, and continues to offer FairWild audit and certification services for wild collection operations worldwide.

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Spreading the Love of sustainability at #EarthOptimism

The FairWild and Pukka stand at #EarthOptimism engaging visitors on sustainable wild-plant ingredients © TRAFFICCambridge, UK, April 2017–On Saturday, 22nd April, leading conservationists, international NGOs and members of the public gathered at the David Attenborough building to celebrate this year’s Earth Day during an "Earth Optimism" event.

Organized by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, the event saw experts share inspiring examples of conservation success stories from across the world, spreading messages of hope on why, in many places, we are winning the fight to protect our planet and its natural biodiversity.

FairWild's contribution to the event was organised by TRAFFIC, partner of FairWild Foundation and a member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.

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FairWild features in training on Organic Wild collection in Armenia

Armenia, March 2017 - Organized by the Organic Agriculture Support Initiative (OASI), a training course on organic wild collection took place from 11th to 15th March in Armenia.

A series of workshops introduced good collection practices and fair trade principles for wild harvest, and made the participants familiar with the major elements of sustainable natural resource management. The FairWild Standard was one of the key documents used for the course.

Nature’s biodiversity is under threat worldwide: with increasing market demands natural resources are over used, and poverty is widespread among rural populations. In many countries of origin for wild ingredients, the legal and regulatory frameworks are not effective - or even not implemented at all - and there is little awareness for sustainable resource use practices.

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