Tag Archives: Medicinal plants

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Taking action for conservation and livelihoods at the local level

The Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, a Cape Town based non-governmental organisation, jointly with herbalists and other partners launched Herbanisation – an open access, medicinal street garden project in 2012. The underlying idea is to create livelihood options for local Rasta and Khoi herbalists by upgrading degraded streets capes in economically marginalised areas marked by high unemployment

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The FairWild Standard as a tool for conserving life-saving medicinal plants under threat

An estimated 60,000 Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) species are used globally for their medicinal properties alone. Wild harvest and trade provides a critical source of income, particularly for the rural poor in developing countries. It underpins production of numerous traditional medicines, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and other products. Annual international trade in pharmaceutical plants alone

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2014 Sustainability Champion Award through the FairWild Standard

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner TRAFFIC along with other partners of the FairWild Foundation developed the FairWild Standard – a pioneering tool to promote biodiversity conservation through sustainable use. The certification system is applied globally to assess the harvest and trade of wild medicinal plants and ensure a sustainable and fair management. More

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Using medicinal plants for animal health to ensure healthy and sustainable dairy products

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners just facilitated a successful experience exchange enabling Dutch farmers and veterinarians to visit the Institute of Ayurvedic and Integrated Medicine (I-­AIM) in Bangalore, India. This exchange is part of a series of activities to assist the Dutch livestock sector to reduce antibiotic use by 70% till the end

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70% of us rely on traditional, largely herbal medicine

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative promotes the sustainable management of biological resources, namely medicinal plants to create sources of sustainable livelihoods and impact health needs at the local level. A recent article in the Times of India highlights how the absence of specific laws leads to diminishing resources and knowledge. Read the article

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Traditional knowledge, medicinal plants and culture

UNU Our World’s most recent issue covers an insightful article on ethnobiological drug discovery in Latin America and how discussions around traditional knowledge and medicinal plants emerged. Learn more about the essential role traditional knowledge on the use of medicinal plants plays and why there is a need to preserve these precious sources for our

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Revitalising local health traditions in India

Get a glimpse of the Foundation for the Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions’ (FRLHT) pioneering work in India. Darshan Shankar, co-founder of FRLHT, takes you on a short tour through the institute and gives an insightful introduction to the Indian health traditions, their challenges in the contemporary setting and their dialogue with modern science.

Promoting fair and sustainable harvest, collection and trade of medicinal plants around the globe

TRAFFIC is a founding member of the FairWild Foundation, a pioneering organisation which developed the FairWild Standard as a certification system assessing the harvest and trade of wild medicinal plants and ensuring a sustainable and fair management. The FairWild Standard is being applied throughout the globe. Find out more about the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner’s engagement

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