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Medicinal Plant Working Group
Financial Support Committee
To generate financial
support for native medicinal plant conservation projects.
The development of reliable,
sustainable financial support is the lynchpin upon which the work of
the Medicinal Plant Working Group depends. Without such financing, projects
fall back on the time and energy of volunteers for completion, a condition
that would make it difficult to fulfill the range of activities critical
to the mission of the group. Funding generated to support projects would
be made available for cross-cutting efforts bringing together researchers,
educators, businesses and others in support of plant conservation.
- Identify potential funding
sources for coordinated projects.
- Develop a list of organizations
providing grants for plant-related projects.
- Identify federal agencies
interested in plant conservation.
- Develop an intra-governmental
effort outlining the roles and interests of agency members pertaining
to medicinal plant conservation; determine availability of funding.
- Develop a packet of
information for dissemination to potential donors.
- Meet informally with
potential donors to provide information on the importance of medicinal
- Hold a formal donors
meeting and develop an action plan out of the meeting.
- Facilitate development
and coordination of project proposals.
- Make the funding guidelines
of pertinant donor organizations available in a centralized location,
possibly via the internet.
- Develop a mechanism
to assist with project proposal coordination among working group
- Promote the establishment
of a conservation trust fund for non-timber forest products, including
- Survey membership to
determine who has financial/legal expertise and could assist with
- Outline steps necessary
to establish a conservation trust fund for medicinal plants.
- Develop a mechanism
to involve lawmakers in a such a discussion.
- Mesh pertinent steps
for this goal with steps being taken by the Participation Committee.
- Research possibilities
associated with product branding that could designate a percentage
of profits to medicinal plant conservation.
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Last Updated: 06-Mar-2006