Wild plants are often wildlife trade's most unrecognised commodity. Human wellbeing in both rural and urban areas the world over is inextricably tied to an incredibly diverse array of wild plant ingredients, used in food, drink, pharmaceuticals, traditional medicine, beauty, cosmetics and beyond.
Their collection, processing and trade supports millions of collectors, often from some of the most impoverished or marginalised communities in the world, and underpins a global industry worth hundreds of billions of US dollars. Although this "hidden harvest" receives little attention from the public, and is usually met with enthusiasm from an increasingly "organically-minded" consumer market, it is a wildlife trade that is in desperate need of increased attention, research and private sector commitments.
moving wild plant supply chains towards full sustainability could transform the lives of millions working within some of the most impoverished global communitiesAnastasiya Timoshyna, Programme Leader - Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
of medicinal and aromatic plant species in trade are wild collected
of medicinal and aromatic plant species have been assessed against extinction threat criteria
of botanical ingredients were exported by China in 2013 alone
the number of plant species with well documented medicinal and aromatic uses
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The Local Economy and Nature Conservation in the Danube Region (LENA) project is helping harvesters generate revenue and preserve traditional knowledge through sustainable wild plant harvesting.
The FairWild Foundation was established in 2008 to promote the sustainable use of wild-collected plant ingredients in trade and ensure a fair deal for the communities who harvest them.
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