Published 9 December 2022

We Use Wild – Forum on wild plant ingredients

Earlier in the year, a new collaborative report by TRAFFIC, FAO and the IUCN Species Survival Commission Medicinal Plant Specialist Group was released, accompanied by TRAFFIC’s new WildCheck platform. This led to big brands attending the We Use Wild Forum to look at how they can nurture sustainable trade of wild-harvested ingredients. This newly published report compiles the main points from the event and what action must follow.

We Use Wild – Forum on wild plant ingredients event report

Report author(s):
Caitlin Schindler, Audrey Plyler, Emily Robinson, Anastasiya Timoshyna

Publication date:
December 2022


WildCheck platform is part of TRAFFIC's Wild at Home Project and was built using information from the 2022 report WildCheck: Assessing risks and opportunities of trade in wild plant ingredients report.

  • WildCheck is an online knowledge and collaboration platform that offers objective insights and advice on sourcing wild ingredients to support business, investment, and policy scoping, as well as consumer education. WildCheck connects a broad set of partners in their commitment to responsibly-sourced wild ingredients through the We Use Wild Pledge.

TRAFFIC's Wild at Home project is generously funded by the Swedish Postcode Foundation. Wild at Home Project: Using Markets for Wild Ingredients to Support Conservation and Rural Livelihoods.

About Swedish Postcode Foundation

The Swedish Postcode Lottery believes that a strong civil society is essential for creating a better world. The Postcode Foundation’s goal is to carry out that mission through projects that challenge, inspire and promote change.

About Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations, supporting the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems. The conservation and sustainable use of wild plants and non-wood forest products is a key area of work in the FAO Forestry Division, with the aim of contributing to the sustainable management of the world’s forests, the conservation of biological diversity, and ultimately improving livelihoods, food security and nutrition. 

About the IUCN Medicinal Plants Specialist Group

The IUCN Medicinal Plants Specialist Group is a global network of specialists contributing within their own institutions and regions, as well as world-wide, to the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants. The MPSG was founded in 1994 to increase global awareness of conservation threats to medicinal plants, to undertake Red List assessments of medicinal plants, and to promote sustainable use and conservation action. The Group supports development and implementation of the FairWild Standard to verify sustainable harvesting and trade in wild plants.