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Medicinal Plant Working Group
To increase participation
in native medicinal plant conservation.
The number of groups interested
in native medicinal plants is growing. Participants ranging from consumers
to policy makers, farmers, and school children could be brought into
the discussion through concerted outreach and education. The goal is
- expand awareness of native
medicinal plant needs among those who could assist with their conservation;
- ensure that future generations
grow into fuller awareness of the value of these plants.
- Educate policy-makers,
consumers, and the general public regarding the conservation status
and importance of native medicinal plants to focus attention on this
issue and increase its profile.
- Develop medicinal plant
fliers that farmers could distribute to publics visiting their farms.
- Develop stories for
the web that demonstrate successful cultivation techniques.
- Centralize a collection
of free publications for distribution to interested publics.
- Meet with Master Gardener
programs, Extension Services, Joint Ventures such as AECS, and others
to reach farmers and offer models demonstrating the benefits of
- Encourage funding.
- Identify, quantify, and
publicize trends in the conservation status of native medicinal plants,
including cases of unsustainable use, and the benefits of conservation.
- Develop flier for public
dessimination that lists what the general public can do to promote
medicinal plant conservation.
- Promote policy reforms
and alternative consumer behaviors as appropriate.
- Determine how to foster
development of a certification program for sustainable use of medicinal
- Seek out partners to
support a certification program.
- Create a database of experts
with knowledge of specific medicinal plant species.
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Last Updated: 06-Mar-2006