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FairWild Standard

FairWild Standard Version 2.0 Launched

Merger of the FairWild and ISSC-MAP standards supports sustainable wild collection of medicinal and other commercially important plants

The International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP), developed by the Medicinal Plant Specialist Group in collaboration with the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), TRAFFIC, and WWF, has now merged with the FairWild Standard in version 2.0, released by the FairWild Foundation on 8 September 2010.

A commitment to join the two wild-collection standard initiatives under the ownership and management of the FairWild Foundation was formalized in 2008 during the 4th IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona.

The revised FairWild Standard and related performance indicators combine all essential elements of the original FairWild Standard, focused on fair trade, and the International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP), which focused on ecological sustainability, adaptive resource management practices, applications to traditional knowledge, and access and benefit-sharing (ABS).

Applications of the FairWild Standard include:
• Certification under the FairWild label by accredited certifiers
• Implementation through industry voluntary codes of practice
• Legal and policy-related adoption through, for example, government resource management controls and CITES non-detriment findings requirements
• Sustainability requirements and targets of development assistance agencies.

The FairWild Standard provides guidance on best practices for commercial-scale harvesting and trading of wild-harvested plants, lichens, and fungi in eleven key areas:
1. Maintaining wild plant resources
2. Preventing negative environmental impacts
3. Complying with laws, regulations, and agreements
4. Respecting customary rights and benefit-sharing
5. Promoting fair contractual relationships between operators and collectors
6. Limiting participation of children in wild collection activities
7. Ensuring benefits for collectors and their communities
8. Ensuring fair working conditions for all workers of the FairWild collection operations
9. Applying responsible management practices
10. Applying responsible business practices
11. Promoting FairWild buyer commitment.

For the Standard text, performance indicators, and further information about the FairWild Standard, see or contact the FairWild Foundation at:

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