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FairWild Standard

Juvenal Pereira/WWF Brazil (Cumaru, Brazilian Amazon)Background

The FairWild Standard applies to wild plant collection operations wishing to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable collection, social responsibility and fair trade principles.

The purpose of the FairWild Standard is to ensure the continued use and long-term survival of wild species and populations in their habitats, while respecting traditions and cultures, and supporting the livelihoods of all stakeholders, in particular collectors and workers.

The FairWild Standard assesses the harvest and trade of wild plants, fungi and lichen against various ecological, social and economic requirements. Use helps support efforts to ensure resources are managed, harvested and traded sustainably, providing benefits to rural producers.

The FairWild Standard is an evolving document. Periodic revision will be based on implementation experiences and with full public stakeholder consultation, as outlined in the FairWild Standard Revision and Development Procedure (version 1/2019) (PDF).

The current version (2.0) was developed through a combination of an original FairWild Standard (version 1.0) with the International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP). For further background, see History.

Principles of the FairWild Standard may be implemented in different ways: as guidance for resource management, supporting development and implementation of regulatory and policy frameworks, serving as a basis for internal monitoring and reporting (voluntary codes of practice), and through a certification system.  Download an information sheet (PDF) on implementing the FairWild Standard.

Learn more about the FairWild Standard in this short video, a product of the Traditional and Wild project.

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