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Industrial Leadership For The Preservation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

PCA-Medicinal Plant Working Group 2003 Symposium

Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Industry -
Sustainable Sourcing: Environmental,
Social and Business Benefits

October 14-15, 2003
Sheraton Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

SYMPOSIUM OVERVIEW

The 2003 Symposium will focus on different production systems in the botanical raw materials supply chain. Expert panels will discuss the constraints and opportunities in the MAPs supply chain. Symposium participants will take part in working groups to discuss various options and perspectives toward achieving sustainability.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Josef Brinckmann - Traditional Medicinals, Inc.
Bill Popin - Young Living Essential Oils and US Pharmacopeia

WITH OPENING REMARKS FROM
Leon Secatero - Navajo Canoncito
Dominique Conseil - Aveda Corporation
Michael McGuffin - American Herbal Products Association

EXPERT PANELS WITH INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE MAPS SUPPLY CHAIN FROM
Wild Crafters
Smallholder & Commercial Farms
Indigenous Groups & Practitioners
Industry using MAPs
Conservation & Environmental Organizations

AND, OUR MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Mark Blumenthal - American Botanical Council

2003 SYMPOSIUM OBJECTIVES

  • To understand the supply and demand issues facing the MAPs industry
  • To address environmental, social and commercial benefits to sustainable sourcing
  • To examine the MAPs supply chain for constraints to and opportunities for sustainability
  • To identify existing models for sustainable use of MAPs in industry
  • To chart a path for addressing MAPs sustainability and conservation on an industry-wide basis and the role of the Medicinal Plant Working Group in that effort

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE ATTENDANCE OF THE MPWG-ELDER’S CIRCLE. Our Elder’s Circle provides the MPWG with insight on indigenous perspectives of medicinal plant use and conservation. This year, they will share individual accounts of sustainable sourcing issues. Members include: Susan Burdick (Yurok/Karuk), Ray Couch (Cherokee of the Appalachians), Tis Mal Crow (United Lumbee/Hitchiti), Jane Dumas (Kumeyaay), Rudy Hall (Accohanock), Janice Longboat (Mohawk), Cecelia Mitchell (Mohawk) and Leon Secatero (Canoncito Navaho).

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2002 SYMPOSIUM: INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP FOR THE PRESERVATION OF MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS

The First Symposium on Industrial Leadership for the Preservation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) was held in 2002. Focusing on several MAPs used by industries with botanically-based product lines, the Symposium examined the global status of and available research on MAPs, with an eye toward exploring industry’s role in MAPs sustainability and conservation. Participants included representatives from major pharmaceutical companies, herbal medicine based companies, conservation groups, indigenous peoples, US Government Agencies and international botanical gardens. Many MPWG members had the opportunity to meet for the first time and we saw the formalization of the PCA-MPWG- Industry Committee.

2002 CONSENSUS OF PARTICIPANTS

  • We endorse the Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA), and the Plant Conservation Alliance-Medicinal Plant Working Group (PCA-MPWG) and its mission
  • We acknowledge that we are all stakeholders in the preservation of plants
  • We recognize that we need guidance from our indigenous elders
  • We intend a more formal structure for industry participation in PCA and PCA-MPWG
  • We will hold another Industrial Leadership meeting in about one year to assess our progress toward formalizing a structure

The 2003 Symposium has been organized by members of the Plant Conservation Alliance-Medicinal Plant Working Group (PCA-MPWG)

The MPWG was formed in 1999 by representatives from government, industry, academia, tribes and environmental organization to focus on medicinal plant conservation issues. With more than 200 members, the MPWG is the largest of four working groups under the Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA). PCA is a consortium of 10 federal agencies and more than 190 non-federal cooperators representing various disciplines within the conservation field. PCA provides a forum for collective focus on native plant conservation and restoration issues. The PCA also serves as the IUCN (World Conservation Union)-North American Plant Specialist group. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/plants.

Special thanks to our sponsors and the symposium planning committee…

  • Ann Koontz - Enterprise, Environment and Social Impact Consulting
  • David Hircock - Aveda Corporation
  • Edward Fletcher - Strategic Sourcing
  • Michael McGuffin - American Herbal Products Association
  • Natasha Hall - American Herbal Products Association
  • Patricia DeAngelis - US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Trish Flaster - Botanical Liaisons
  • Wayne Owen - USDA Forest Service

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Last Updated: 3 February 2005