Building a sustainable wild collection system through accountability & fair trade

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The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner TRAFFIC supported by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)WWF, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) addressed issues around sustainability in the wild collection system through the International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP). This standard is now part of the FairWild Standard and defines guidelines and provides tools to collectors, producers and decision makers for the planning and implementation of a sustainable resource management system based on the Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP). It ultimately aims to ensure sustainability in the wild collection system, thus guaranteeing a constant and reliable supply of raw materials to industry and traders. Read more about how ISSC-MAP became part of the FairWild Foundation‘s work promoting the FairWild Standard and certification system for the sustainable management and collection of wild plants here.