Medicinal Plant Specialist Group, Species Survival Commission, IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature

The Medicinal Plant Specialist Group (MPSG) is a global network of specialists contributing to the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants. The MPSG was founded in 1994 by the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, to increase global awareness of conservation threats to medicinal plants, and to promote sustainable use and conservation action.

As part of the Species Survival Commission (SSC), the MPSG advises the IUCN on the technical aspects of species conservation and mobilizes action for those species that are threatened with extinction. Its members undertake to assess the state of medicinal plant resources world-wide, and to provide the Union with sound know-how and policy advice on conservation issues.

Medicinal Plant Specialist Group
98 Russell Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7X1



TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network

TRAFFIC has an enviable reputation as a reliable and impartial organization, a leader in the field of conservation as it relates to wildlife trade. TRAFFIC was established in 1976 and has developed into a global network, research-driven and action-oriented, committed to delivering innovative and practical conservation solutions based on the latest information.

TRAFFIC has a long history of involvement in the FairWild initiative, beginning with the development of the International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP), now merged into the FairWild Standard v.2.0. TRAFFIC has an institutional partnership agreement with the FairWild Foundation, which includes hosting the Secretariat. TRAFFIC also implements FairWild projects worldwide through the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants trade programme.

The David Attenborough Building
Pembroke Street
United Kingdom



ProFound - Advisers In Development

Established in 1990, ProFound is a consultancy company offering professional support to organisations and programmes dealing with sustainable development and trade promotion in developing countries.

The work of ProFound evolves around 3 areas of expertise and experience:

  • Market Research and Analysis
  • Biodiversity and Trade (international projects and programmes)
  • * Value Chain Analysis: ‘from resource to market’
    * Business planning, product development and quality control
    * Market Entry Strategies and Trade Fair participation
  • Capacity Building
  • * Multi-stakeholder sector action planning and institutional development
    * Training on Market Access Requirements and regulatory frameworks (GACP, GMP, HACCP, organic and fair trade certification schemes)

ProFound has built up specific expertise in (organic) agricultural and horticultural products (cut flowers and plants, fresh and processed fruit and vegetables, natural ingredients for food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals).

Profound also works on the NI-CheckApp, which is a one-stop compliance tool for the natural ingredients value chain. The tool provides documentation and guidance on certification, CSR and responsible sourcing. It consists of a total of 36 harmonised, integrated and straightforward outputs that cover three certifiable standards, including FairWild. Click here to learn more.

Lange Smeestraat 55
3511 PV Utrecht
The Netherlands

Tel +31 30 276 2824
Fax + 31 30 272 0878




WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of our planet's natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

To achieve this, WWF is working with our many partners to:

  • Save biodiversity, and
  • Reduce humanity’s impact on natural habitats


WWF is strategically focusing on conserving critical places and priority species that are particularly important for their habitat or for people.

We are also working to reduce humanity's ecological footprint – the amount of land and natural resources needed to supply our food, water, fibre and timber, and to absorb our CO2 emissions.

2050 Biodiversity Goal
By 2050, the integrity of the most outstanding natural places on Earth is conserved, contributing to a more secure and sustainable future for all.

2050 Footprint Goal
By 2050, humanity's global footprint stays within the Earth's capacity to sustain life and the natural resources of our planet are shared equitably. 

WWF International
Av. du Mont-Blanc
1196 Gland



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