The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner TRAFFIC jointly with other partners recently organised a forum addressing corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability issues in the TCM industry in Beijing, China in March 2014. More than 70 representatives from TCM companies, academia and NGOs shared experiences and ideas on issues around industry standards and the sustainability of domestic and international supplies of medicinal plants, including supply chain traceability and transparency. Find out more about the event and TRAFFIC’s engagement in China here
The UNDP Equator Initiative, one of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners, awarded the Medicinal Plants Association for its ground-breaking work on protecting and cultivating endemic species of medicinal plants in the St. Catherine Reserve in Sinai, Egypt with the Equator Prize. By creating a market supply chains for locally produced medicinal herbs, handicrafts and honey, the association creates sustainable livelihood alternatives. Find out more about the association’s work with the Bedouin population on sustainable harvesting, biodiversity and ecosystem health for local wellbeing here.