Maximising conservation through collaboration
A number of organisations have contributed to the creation of the FairWild initiative. These include the developers of the International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP) - the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), TRAFFIC, WWF, and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) - and those creating the original FairWild Standard v 1.0 - namely SIPPO (the Swiss Import Promotion Programme) in cooperation with Forum Essenzia e.V. and IMO (Institute for Marketecology).
FairWild Foundation currently maintains partnerships and collaborations with a number of organisations that have aligned missions. These co-operations support delivery of various aspects of the Foundation's work programme. They include:
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.
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. 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 has developed the NI-CheckApp tool to support documentation and compliance in the wild natural ingredients value chain.
TRAFFIC has a long history of involvement with FairWild, 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 and also implements FairWild projects worldwide through the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants trade programme.
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. WWF is strategically focusing on conserving critical places and priority species that are particularly important for their habitat or for people. They 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.
Wildlife Friendly Enterprise NEtwork
The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network conserves threatened wildlife while contributing to the economic vitality of rural communities. The WFEN mission is to protect wildlife in wild places by certifying enterprises that assure people and nature coexist and thrive. FairWild Foundation and WFEN promote the concurrent implementation of both organizations' standards where appropriate, and are exploring other avenues of collaboration.