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.



Certified Chinese MAPs with export market potential

To elicit expert opinions concerning which Chinese MAPs may have the highest export market potential if they were commercially available with dual certification (organic + fair) methods, a written questionnaire with a follow-up meeting (either face-to-face or by Skype or telephone) were used. The interviewees were selected from trading companies that import and distribute Chinese MAPs, finished product companies that use Chinese MAPs in their products, voluntary sustainability standards-setting organizations, and inspection and certification control bodies. See annex IX for a list of interviewee organizations.


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