Project supported by IUCN wins Equator Prize

25 May 2012 | News story

An initiative developed between IUCN, TRAFFIC and WWF as part of the EU-China Biodiversity Programme (ECBP) to promote the sustainable harvesting of wild medicinal plants has been awarded the prestigious Equator Prize 2012.

The initiative which has had positive results for both the conservation of wildlife and the livelihoods of people in the upper Yangtze River area of China, provides training in the implementation of organic wild crop harvesting principles and certification procedures, as well as application of the FairWild Standard principles.

The FairWild standards, designed to allow sustainable, fair management and trading of wild medicinal plants, were developed by a collaboration that included the IUCN SSC Medicinal Plant Specialist Group.

You can find out more about the project and the Equator Prize 2012 in the original TRAFFIC article here.

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