Towards sustainable sourcing of wild plants: FairWild +4

The FairWild Standard provides a set of best practice guidelines for the sustainable use and trade in wild harvested plants, and ingredients thereof. The last IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2008 marked a major milestone in the development of this international framework, with the formal merger of two initiatives - International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP) developed by IUCN Medicinal Plants Specialist Group, WWF Germany, TRAFFIC, and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN); and the original FairWild Standard developed by SIPPO (Swiss Import Promotion Programme), Forum Essenzia e.V. and IMO (Institute for Marketecology).

Four years after the merger, pilot projects have been implemented in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa, and a FairWild certification scheme has been developed. The FairWild Standard has today become the working framework for validation of the environmental and social sustainability of harvesting and trade in wild plant ingredients. The workshop will present the latest developments with FairWild Standard, highlight examples of use of the Standard by industry, governments and communities, and provide a forum for discussion about the future of wild plant harvesting and trade globally. The target audience for this workshop will be industry, media, government officials, NGOs and decision makers of relevant national/international institutions.

Examples of projects that will be highlighted during the event will include:
- Connecting consumers and industry (e.g. Japanese companies) with sustainable harvesting projects in Asia
- Pilot projects implementing FairWild certification
- Development of resource management plans for species in trade, such as Pelargonium sidoides in Lesotho

The workshop will place FairWild within the broader landscape of standards and initiatives related to sustainable and/or equitable trade. This will allow reflection on lessons learned to date, potential for further collaboration and harmonization, and how to enhance efforts for maximum impact.

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