WildCheck: Assessing risks and opportunities of trade in wild plant ingredients

Published 22 April 2022

A new collaborative report by TRAFFIC, FAO and the IUCN Species Survival Commission Medicinal Plant Specialist Group looks at why governments, the private sector and consumers need to care about precious yet often overlooked plant ingredients and how responsible sourcing can support broader wildlife conservation and marginalised livelihoods.  

Report available on FAO website

New report highlights the risk and opportunities for wild-harvested plants and people

Report author(s):
Schindler, C., Heral, E., Drinkwater, E., Timoshyna, A., Muir, G., Walter, S., Leaman, D.J., Schippmann, U., Meredith, C.

Publication date:
April 2022

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 IUCN Species Survival Commission:

With over 10,500 members in 174 countries, the Species Survival Commission (SSC) is the largest of the six expert commissions of IUCN and enables IUCN to influence, encourage and assist societies to conserve biodiversity by building knowledge on the status and threats to species, providing advice, developing policies and guidelines, facilitating conservation planning, and catalysing conservation action. Learn more at


The IUCN SSC Medicinal Plant Specialist Group (MPSG) is a global network of specialists contributing within our own institutions and in our own 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, and to promote sustainable use and conservation action. 

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