Links

PLANT CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS


  • NCHerb.org
    website: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/programs/herbs/crops/medicinal/index.html
    Dr. Jeanine Davis’s website on specialty crops for those on the east coast with growing information on at risk herbs.
  • Cactus Conservation
    website: http://cactusconservation.org/
    was formed in 2004 is a source of published research in regards to peyote and other her endangered plants of the desert.
  • Azethnobotany.net
    website: http://azethnobotany.net/
    established in 1983 is a bioregional organization to promote environmental education and ethnobotanical awareness.
  • Botanical Dimensions
    Website:www.botanicaldimensions.org
    Description: Botanical Dimensions is a non-profit organization that has been doing good work with plants for over twenty-five years. BD is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt entity, founded in California in 1985, and managed by the ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison. The original mission was “to collect, protect, propagate and understand plants of ethno-medical significance and their lore.” We do all that and more. We work to preserve biodiversity, respecting natural ecosystems and traditions of ecological knowledge. We appreciate, study, and educate others about plants and mushrooms that are felt to be significant to cultural integrity and spiritual well-being.
  • Center for Plant Conservation
    Website: www.centerforplantconservation.org/
    The mission of the Center for Plant Conservation is to conserve and restore the rare native plants of the United States. The Center’s goal is to protect the most imperiled U.S. plants from extinction and restore them to secure habitats in cooperation with multiple conservation agencies and organizations.
  • People and Plants
    Website: http://peopleandplants.org/
    People and Plants International (PPI) is a non-profit organization of ethnoecologists devoted to conservation and the sustainable use of plant resources around the world.
  • Plant Conservation Alliance and Medicinal Plants Working Group (MPWG)
    Website: www.plantconservation.org
    The PCA is a consortium of ten federal government Member agencies and over 225 non-federal Cooperators representing various disciplines within the conservation field. PCA Members and Cooperators work collectively to solve the problems of native plant extinction and native habitat restoration, ensuring the preservation of our ecosystem.
  • WHO/IUCN/WWF Guidelines on the Conservation of Medicinal Plants
    Website: wwf.org.uk/filelibrary/pdf/guidesonmedplants.pdf
    The aim of these Guidelines is to provide a framework for the conservation and sustainable use of plants in medicine. To do this, the Guidelines describe the various tasks that should be carried out to ensure that medicinal plants are conserved effectively for the future and that where medicinal plants are taken from the wild, they are taken on a basis that is sustainable.
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
    Website:www.mobot.org
    The mission of the Center for Plant Conservation is to conserve and restore the rare native plants of the United States. Very helpful website with links, projects, etc.

ACADEMIC ORGANIZATIONS

SUSTAINABLE NATURAL PRODUCT ORGANIZATIONS

  • Agribusiness in Sustainability Natural African Plant Products (ASNAPP)
    Website: www.asnapp.org
    Description: ASNAPP’s overall aim is to build capacity for the development of sustainable natural plant product businesses in a socially and environmentally sensitive manner. The project was initiated in 1999 to help develop the natural products sector in Africa by promoting income-generating activities for rural entrepreneurs in such a way that improves the livelihoods of rural communities. This site is a good resource for links to sourcing and product development training and networking opportunities in essential oils, medicinals and aromatic plants.
  • Botanical Liaisons
    Website: www.botanicalliaisons.com
    Botanical Liaisons is a consulting firm supporting sustainable development of botanical ingredients. Their mission is to establish a successful value-based business supporting biological and cultural diversity by effectively adapting traditional intellectual property into socially sound projects which are mutually beneficial to native communities and creative entrepreneurs in the natural products marketplace.
  • IUCN – The World Conservation Union
    Website: https://www.iucn.org/
  • PhytoAfrica
    Website: www.sanprota.com/services/marketing.htm
    PhytoTrade Africa’s Mission Statement is to facilitate the development of a viable and enduring natural products industry in southern Africa, engaged in both domestic and export trade and based on resources accessible to poor rural communities. PhytoTrade Africa’s work is based on marketing services – linking overseas buyers with rural African producers. Products from PhytoTrade members are available either directly from source, through the individual members themselves, or through PhytoTrade’s own marketing agents.
  • Virginia Tech
    Website: www.sfp.forprod.vt.edu
    The Virginia Tech Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station and the Top of the Ozarks RC&D in Missouri, through the initial support of the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Economic Action Programs, are collaborating to develop and operate this first web site devoted to gathering information on products and markets. We seek to provide information in simple formats and serve as a national clearing house that is useful by non-timber forest products (NTFPs) harvesters and growers, marketers, processors, and end-users.

HERBAL MEDICINE ORGANIZATIONS & RESOURCES

  • American Herbalists Guild
    website: http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/
  • Herbmed
    Website: www.herbmed.org
    HerbMed® – an interactive, electronic herbal database – provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an impartial, evidence-based information resource provided by the nonprofit Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc. This public site provides free access to 40 herbs.
  • Herb Research Foundation
    Website: www.herbs.org
    The Herb Research Foundation is a source of accurate, science-based information on the health benefits and safety of herbs—and expertise in sustainable botanical resource development.

FILMS, BOOKS & ARTICLES

Numen Film
Website:www.numenfilm.comDescription: “Numen is a magnificent depiction of the healing essence of plants. The filmmakers captured the magic, the mystery, the beauty of plants and their importance as herbal medicine in our contemporary health care system. Inspiring and educational, Numen has a place in the library of anyone interested in medicine, plants, gardening and earth ecology. It’s a powerful film that I’ll recommend that everyone see”
~ Rosemary Gladstar, Herbalist

HERBAL MEDICINE ORGANIZATIONS & RESOURCES

  • American Herbalists Guild
    website: http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/
  • Herbmed
    Website: www.herbmed.orgHerbMed® – an interactive, electronic herbal database – provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an impartial, evidence-based information resource provided by the nonprofit Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc. This public site provides free access to 40 herbs.
  • Herb Research Foundation
    Website: www.herbs.orgThe Herb Research Foundation is a source of accurate, science-based information on the health benefits and safety of herbs—and expertise in sustainable botanical resource development.
  • TRAFFIC
    Website: www.traffic.org/news/press-releases/balkan_plant.html TRAFFIC is the wildlife trade monitoring network, which works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. This link is to an article on medicinal and aromatic plants in the Balkans. The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), WWF Germany and TRAFFIC Europe, call for action to fix and implement measures to avert the further depletion of medicinal and aromatic plant populations in the Balkan countries.
  • NatureServe
    Website:www.natureserve.orgNatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization that provides the scientific information and tools needed to help guide effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems.NatureServe represents an international network of biological inventories—known as natural heritage programs or conservation data centers—operating in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Together we not only collect and manage detailed local information on plants, animals, and ecosystems, but develop information products, data management tools, and conservation services to help meet local, national, and global conservation needs. The objective scientific information about species and ecosystems developed by NatureServe is used by all sectors of society—conservation groups, government agencies, corporations, academia, and the public—to make informed decisions about managing our natural resources.

CONSERVATION & SUSTAINABILITY RESOURCES


  • EarthScan
    Website: www.earthscan.co.ukEarthscan is one of the leading publishers in Sustainable Development. Their authoritative books, magazines and journals provide valuable references.
  • East Asia and Pacific Environmental Initiative (EAPEI)
    Website: http://eapei.home.att.netThe East Asia and Pacific Environmental Initiative (EAPEI) addresses critical environmental challenges and opportunities in East Asia and the Pacific in the areas of forest resources management and coastal and marine resources management.*They offer links to a list of resources to increase partner effectiveness in their ‘Partner Tool Shed’.
  • Global Development Alliance – USAID
    Website: www.usaid.gov/our_work/global_partnerships/gdaUSAID’s Global Development Alliance (GDA) works to enhance development impact by mobilizing the ideas, efforts and resources of the public sector with those of the private sector and non-governmental organizations. The Global Development Alliance (GDA) is USAID’s commitment to change the way we implement our assistance mandate. GDA mobilizes the ideas, efforts and resources of governments, businesses and civil society by forging public-private alliances to stimulate economic growth, develop businesses and workforces, address health and environmental issues, and expand access to education and technology.
  • International Forestry Review
    Website: www.cfa-international.orgThe International Forestry Review is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes papers, comments and book reviews covering forest science, policy, management and conservation.
  • Developing Forest Stewardship Standards – A Survival Guide
    Website: www.illegal-logging.info/papers/Developing_Forest_Stewardship.pdfThis guide is a practical handbook intended for all stakeholders involved in the development of FSC standards worldwide. It aims at describing in simple terms the various steps, which underlie the whole process. It includes sections on national initiatives, FSC working groups, funding, drafting of the standard, consultation, field-testing and regional harmonization. A special chapter is devoted to potential problems that may be encountered during the standard-setting process and tips to avoid them. The guide draws on the past experience of various FSC working groups in 13 different countries. Boxes and case studies from all around the world illustrate some of the concrete challenges working groups have had and the ways they have dealt with them, in the hope that it will help new working groups plan their activities and anticipate and avoid some of the problems experienced by working groups that have completed a national FSC standard.
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development
    Website: www.wbcsd.orgThe World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) brings together some 180 international companies in a shared commitment to sustainable development through economic growth, ecological balance and social progress. Our members are drawn from more than 30 countries and 20 major industrial sectors. We also benefit from a global network of 50+ national and regional business councils and partner organizations.Our mission is to provide business leadership as a catalyst for change toward sustainable development, and to support the business license to operate, innovate and grow in a world increasingly shaped by sustainable development issues.
  • The Society for Ecological Restoration
    Website: SER.orgInternational launches an innovative industry tool today, the Global Restoration Network (GRN)-a free, online hub for comprehensive information on ecological restoration at GlobalRestorationNetwork.org. A unique industry resource, the interactive website is rich with data, information, expertise and the latest techniques and innovations in restoration. Freely accessible to anyone in the world who has an Internet connection, users can now find the exact information they need to research, implement and improve their ecological restoration projects in three clicks or less.Global Restoration Network (GRN) is an innovative project of the Society for Ecological Restoration International that offers the field of ecological restoration innovative tools and resources to better navigate the international scope of global restoration. For more information,visit GlobalRestorationNetwork.org.

OTHER WEBSITES


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  • Horizon Herbs
    Website: www.horizonherbs.comDescription: Seeds of Medicine, Seeds of Sustenance – certified organic medicinal herb and vegetable seeds, plants and roots.

 

  • Rainforest Alliance
    Website: www.rainforest-alliance.orgThe mission of the Rainforest Alliance is to protect ecosystems and the people and wildlife that depend on them by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Companies, cooperatives and landowners that participate in our programs meet rigorous standards that conserve biodiversity and provide sustainable livelihoods.
  • TRAFFIC
    Website: www.traffic.org/news/press-releases/balkan_plant.htmlTRAFFIC is the wildlife trade monitoring network, which works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. This link is to an article on medicinal and aromatic plants in the Balkans. The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), WWF Germany and TRAFFIC Europe, call for action to fix and implement measures to avert the further depletion of medicinal and aromatic plant populations in the Balkan countries.
  • NatureServe
    Website:www.natureserve.orgNatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization that provides the scientific information and tools needed to help guide effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems.NatureServe represents an international network of biological inventories—known as natural heritage programs or conservation data centers—operating in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Together we not only collect and manage detailed local information on plants, animals, and ecosystems, but develop information products, data management tools, and conservation services to help meet local, national, and global conservation needs. The objective scientific information about species and ecosystems developed by NatureServe is used by all sectors of society—conservation groups, government agencies, corporations, academia, and the public—to make informed decisions about managing our natural resources.

 

 

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