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NAHA is devoted to ensuring that important information regarding the sustainability of various aromatic and herbal plants is at the forefront of our work as aromatherapists. The following are links to various organizations that support and inform about sustainability issues for herbal and aromatic plants.
The Airmid Institute has been established as a nonprofit organization to holistically address key issues involved in the harvest of, and trade in threatened and near-threatened carrier and essential oil-bearing plant species. This includes highlighting the perilous conservation status of these species; ensuring that those oils that require CITES certification are sold legally; working with government agencies and other organizations to counter unethical harvesting and illicit exportation and commerce; and supporting local communities that rely on these species for their livelihood by encouraging sustainable agriculture and reforestation. The work of the Airmid Institute therefore embraces research and analysis, investigation and reporting, collaboration and cooperation, and education and training. www.airmidinstitute.org
Agribusiness in Sustainability Natural African Plant Products
ASNAPP's overall aim is to build capacity for the development of sustainable natural plant product businesses in a socially and environmentally sensitive manner. The project was initiated in 1999 to help develop the natural products sector in Africa by promoting income-generating activities for rural entrepreneurs in such a way that improves the livelihoods of rural communities. This site is a good resource for links to sourcing and product development training and networking opportunities in essential oils, medicinals and aromatic plants.
Botanical Liaisons is a consulting firm supporting sustainable development of botanical ingredients. Their mission is to establish a successful value-based business supporting biological and cultural diversity by effectively adapting traditional intellectual property into socially sound projects which are mutually beneficial to native communities and creative entrepreneurs in the natural products marketplace.
Center for Plant Conservation
The mission of the Center for Plant Conservation is to conserve and restore the rare native plants of the United States. The Center's goal is to protect the most imperiled U.S. plants from extinction and restore them to secure habitats in cooperation with multiple conservation agencies and organizations.
The World Conservation Union IUCN draws on an international network of volunteers - over 450 - working together to understand the contextual factors that influence sustainable use. Several regional networks have been established within the IUCN SSC Sustainable Use Specialist Group (SUSG) which generate case studies of sustainable projects, compile inventories of relevant actors, policies, projects, and approaches, and provide valuable overviews of the activities and challenges in their regions.
Medicinal & Aromatic Plants Project (Nepal and India) with The Mountain Institute
Founded in 1972 on the slopes of Spruce Knob, West Virginia’s highest mountain, The Mountain Institute is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington D.C., with offices in West Virginia, Nepal, and Peru. Our regional locations are no accident, as they are in the world’s oldest, highest and longest mountain ranges — the Appalachians, Himalayas, and Andes.
People and Plants
People and Plants International (PPI) is a non-profit organization of ethnoecologists devoted to conservation and the sustainable use of plant resources around the world.
PhytoTrade Africa's Mission Statement is to facilitate the development of a viable and enduring natural products industry in southern Africa, engaged in both domestic and export trade and based on resources accessible to poor rural communities. PhytoTrade Africa's work is based on marketing services - linking overseas buyers with rural African producers. Products from PhytoTrade members are available either directly from source, through the individual members themselves, or through PhytoTrade's own marketing agents.
TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature.
United Plant Savers
NAHA is a member of the United Plant Savers.
United Plant Savers' mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.
Guidelines on the Conservation of Medicinal Plants
The aim of these Guidelines is to provide a framework for the conservation and sustainable use of plants in medicine. To do this, the Guidelines describe the various tasks that should be carried out to ensure that medicinal plants are conserved effectively for the future and that where medicinal plants are taken from the wild, they are taken on a basis that is sustainable.
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