Sustainable Sourcing

Markets for Certified Chinese Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

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This study on the market potential of sustainably wild-collected botanical ingredients originating from the People’s Republic of China with fair and organic certifications provides an overview of current export trade in both wild-collected and cultivated botanical, algal and fungal ingredients from China, market segments such as the fair trade and organic sectors, and the market trends for certified ingredients. It also investigates which international standards would be the most appropriate and applicable to the special case of China in consideration of its biodiversity conservation efforts in traditional wild collection communities and regions.




This paper was prepared by Josef Brinckmann under the supervision of Alexander Kasterine (Head, Trade and Environment Programme at ITC) and Anastasiya Timoshyna (Medicinal Plants Programme Leader at TRAFFIC) as a joint activity of ITC Trade and Environment Programme and the project DCIASIE/ 2012/305-831 ‘Engaging the private sector in sustainable management of medicinal plants – the multiplier effect’, funded by the EU-China Environmental Governance Programme. The paper is published as part of an ongoing ITC series entitled Sustainability Market Guides.


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