Industrial Leadership For The Preservation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

Working Groups: Plant Suppliers, Buyers and Conservation Forum Combined

The original plan for these discussions was to have two separate working groups brainstorm a list of issues and actions items. In the interest of time, the discussions were had as a whole, with Ann Koontz and Michael McGuffin facilitating the session.

A list of action items was generated by participants at the Symposium. The participants represented more than 70 organizations and companies. The Medicinal Plant Working Group is looking at these issues in multiple circles and working to build a constituency to address them. MPWG will provide an update on these action items at the next Symposium. The list is organized into several conceptual categories:

  • Advocacy
  • Industry Standards
  • Government
  • Other (unclassified)

ACTIONS related to Advocacy:

  • Need to work closer with users in industry at retail level to create demand for sustainable products
  • System can’t be too generic, show why sustainability makes good business sense for purchasing
  • Get to policy holders and communicate; maybe symposium in D.C.
  • Hold symposium with an industry function
  • More participation from Industry (APHA), pull together significant leadership to bring in more industry
  • Get collectors to the table and dialogue with industry
  • Recognition for collectors; plants have history that need documenting; networking beyond U.S.; icon to represent herb industry – image
  • Include rituals and cultural presentations in symposium
  • Marketing has to educate people’s connection to plants
  • Take forward 500 year plan vision
  • See us as advocacy group, create activists for sustainability

ACTIONS related to Industry Standards:

  • IPR document for industry
  • Indigenous IPR and royalties, past reparations, benefit sharing
  • Regulate how plants are gathered
  • Transmit standards down the supply chain, incentives and disincentives need to be built in system (e.g. GAP)
  • Move forward on good collection practices for botanicals.
  • Define sustainability, inventory and monitoring will help us define sustainability; need for more inventory
  • Is it a time to set standards for ourselves in supply chain? Process, program, not too costly
  • Do multi-stakeholder project and document standards/case studies for sustainable sourcing
  • What is expectation from industry? Communicate to community suppliers with example. Specs, relationship building
  • Industry get ahead of potential regulations with standards
  • Show how a supply chain is shortened, sustainable
  • Inventory our resources (good practices/standards)
  • People collecting plants need to be well trained

ACTIONS related to Government:

  • Quarantine knowledge, resource
  • State licenses for harvesters, but what about monitoring – monitor back in hands of harvesters
  • Communicate what support you need from state and federal agencies. Information gaps and monitoring needed
  • Assign numbers to plants for better tracking
  • Make PCA more visible again as a resource

OTHER / Unclassified:

  • Do we add number 6 as: We intend to work collaboratively to implement sustainability standards
  • 30 days MPWG take brainstorming, make sense; we each commit to attend on meeting and contribute through teleconferences
  • 3 months input back on making sense of brainstorming
  • Who will follow through and who is it for
  • Need systematic list of things to do in sustainability approach; guidelines and protocols
  • (R) Central information source for industry


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Last Updated: 9 February 2005