Medicinal Plants Conservation Initiative

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Catharanthus roseus. © Alan Hamilton

The conservation of medicinal plants is a huge challenge.

Generously supported by grants from the Allachy Trust and the Rufford Maurice Laing Foundation, the aim of this initiative was to build capacity for the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants.

Thanks to the Allachy Trust, Plantlife was able to provide grants for conservation of medicinal plants, starting in September 2005 and with the programme largely completed in 2008.

The purpose of the awards was to build capacity for the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants. Projects selected for awards have taken community-based approaches to medicinal plant conservation. All awards given have been concentrated in the geographical regions of the Himalayas and East Africa.

Find out more in our report:

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Medicinal Plants in Conservation and Development

This report outlines a 'blueprint' for medicinal plant conservation in the future, with general principles for action drawn from 14 varied conservation initiatives in six countries.

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