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Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas -

ATTRA - Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas - is the national sustainable farming information center operated by the private nonprofit National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). ATTRA provides technical assistance to farmers, Extension agents, market gardeners, agricultural researchers, and other agricultural professionals in all 50 states.

Association for Biodiversity Information -

The Association for Biodiversity Information (ABI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and providing knowledge about the world's natural diversity. Working with our member programs in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean—known as the Natural Heritage Network—ABI collects and develops authoritative data about the plants, animals, and ecological communities of the Western Hemisphere.

Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme -

BDCP utilizes its independent and non-governmental status to bring innovative management and technical support to grass-roots sustainable development projects. It serves as an intermediary institution forging equitable partnerships between tropical countries and often inaccessible developmental agencies.

The Biotrade Initiative Website -

The BIOTRADE Initiative seeks to enhance the capability of developing countries to produce value-added products and services from biodiversity for both domestic and international markets. It is an integrated programme consisting of three complementary components: the BIOTRADE country programmes; market research and policy analysis; and Internet services.

Center for Biodiversity and Conservation -

The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC), established at the American Museum of Natural History in 1993, is a facility dedicated to the study and conservation of biological diversity, defined as the variety of life in all its forms and the interactions among these living forms and their environment.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers -

Founded in 1978, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers is a nonprofit member-activist organization. CAFF political and educational campaigns are building a movement of rural and urban people who foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies, and promotes social justice. Members are urbanites, farmers, environmentalists, rural activists, students, and anyone concerned with the social and environmental dimensions of agriculture.

Conservation International -

CI's mission: To conserve the Earth's living natural heritage, our global biodiversity, and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature.

Convention on Biological Diversity -

Dedicated to conservation, sustainable use and equitable benefit sharing.

Foundation for the Revitalization of Local Health Traditions -

FRLHT, a non governmental organisation which was established in 1991, is dedicated to the cause of revitalisation of India's rich and diverse health traditions. We have taken upon us an ambitious mission , which includes:

Strengthening Local Health Traditions in rural communities.
Conservation and sustainable utilization of Medicinal Plants including promotion of small scale medicinal plant enterprises for generation of income & employment for rural communities.
Dissemination of medicinal plants related knowledge drawn from traditional and modern knowledge systems and including market information
Research on selected medical, sociological and epistemological aspects of Indian Medicinal Heritage.

GIFTS of Health -

Global Initiative for Traditional Systems of Health - GIFTS of Health is a focal point for policy, research and public awareness of the health needs of the majority of the world's population, who rely on indigenous or traditional medicine for their health and well-being. GIFTS is contributing to the creation of international awareness and policy momentum surrounding the role of traditional health systems - and in the related areas of biodiversity conservation and economic development.

Global BioDiversity Insitiute -

The vision of Global BioDiversity Institute (GBDI) is " to be an international leader in providing necessary training and information for capacity building for scientists, legal establishments, local communities, national leaders and government officials in developing countries.

Green Medicine -

Recognizing that commercial demand may lead to overharvesting of native plants in the United States, representatives from industry, government, academia, tribes, and environmental organizations joined together in 1999 to form the Medicinal Plant Working Group. The Medicinal Plant Working Group is part of the Plant Conservation Alliance, a consortium of ten US federal agencies and more than 145 non-federal cooperators working collectively on issues associated with native plant extinction and native habitat restoration. The Alliance also serves as the North American Plant Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission.

Greenpeace -

Greenpeace is the world's leading campaigning organisation for the environment.

Greenpeace works to stop climate change, save the ancient forests, and protect our world's oceans, earth, and sky.

IUCN - The World Conservation Union -

Mission: To influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.

MEDPLANTS-- global network on medicinal plants -

MEDPLANTS is a global network whose members are committed to the sustainable and socially equitable use of medicinal plants.

The network and its members will achieve this through:

Sharing information as widely as possible to achieve the collaborative generation and exchange of knowledge;
Strengthening regional and local networks and their initiatives and strengthening the networking capacities of its members;
Bringing the benefits of medicinal plants to support local health systems and livelihoods;
Addressing global health concerns
Conserving medicinal plants and their habitats;
Working together to build an active, participatory and transparent network that respects the autonomy of its members.

National Center for the Preservation of Medicinal Herbs -

Nestled on 68 acres of rolling land near Rutland in Meigs County, Ohio, the National Center for the Preservation of Medicinal Herbs is a not-for-profit research facility and preserve. Advised by a council of manufacturers, retailers, herbalists, environmentalists, media, growers and researchers, it cultivates and studies medicinal herbs that are at risk of extinction.

Frontier Natural Products Co-op founded the center in 1998, and transferred the management of the center to Rural Action in 2000.

National Council for Science and the Environment -

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) works to improve the scientific basis for environmental decision making. Guided by the needs of stakeholders, NCSE educates society about the importance of comprehensive scientific programs that integrate cross-cutting research with knowledge assessments, education, information dissemination, and training.

Neartica Native Plant Societies Resource Page -

The Nature Conservancy -

The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit organization founded in 1951, is the world's largest private international conservation group. Working with communities, businesses and people like you, we protect millions of acres of valuable lands and waters worldwide.

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Plants For A Future -

A resource centre for rare and unusual plants, particularly those which have edible, medicinal or other uses.

Online Directory for Medicinal Plants Conservation -

This directory is intended to assist in the flow of information between policy makers, scientists and technical experts in the management of medicinal plant resources.

In its main section, entries are provided on international organizations, organizations with activities on more than one continent, and organizations with a more specific interest in countries of Africa, America, Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands, and Europe.

People and Plants Online -

People and Plants is an initiative in applied ethnobotany, focusing on the interface between people and the world of plants. It promotes sustainable use of plant resources, and the reconciliation of conservation and development. People and Plants is a partnership of WWF and UNESCO. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is an Associate, supporting this and other information services of the programme.

Plant Conservation Alliance Website -

The PCA is a consortium of ten federal government Member agencies and over 145 non-federal Cooperators representing various disciplines within the conservation field: biologists, botanists, habitat preservationists, horticulturists, resources management consultants, soil scientists, special interest clubs, non-profit organizations, concerned citizens, nature lovers, and gardeners. PCA Members and Cooperators work collectively to solve the problems of native plant extinction and native habitat restoration, ensuring the preservation of our ecosystem. People and Plants is a partnership of WWF and UNESCO. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is an Associate, supporting this and other information services of the programme.

Seacology Foundation -

Seacology is the world's premier nonprofit, nongovernmental organization whose sole and unique purpose is to preserve the environments and cultures of islands throughout the globe. From Aitutaki in the South Pacific to Zanzibar off the coast of Africa, from islands in the Arctic Circle to tropical islands of the Caribbean, from the Maldives to Micronesia and from Polynesia to the Pribilofs, Seacology launches projects to help preserve island ecosystems and cultures.


TRAFFIC is the joint wildlife trade monitoring programme of WWF-World Wide Fund For Nature and IUCN-The World Conservation Union. The TRAFFIC Network works in co-operation with the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). It also collaborates with a wide range of other partners, including the IUCN Species Survival Commission, many governments and other organisations. TRAFFIC is an international network, with culturally diverse staff on five continents in 22 countries and territories, and ongoing research in dozens of others. TRAFFIC recognises the diversity of cultural perspectives related to consumptive use of wildlife.

United Plant Savers -

United Plant Savers is a grassroots membership organization whose mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.

World Conservation Monitoring Centre -

The World Conservation Monitoring Centre provides information services on conservation and sustainable use of the world's living resources, and helps others to develop information systems of their own.

Their programs concentrate on species, forests, protected areas, marine and freshwaters; plus habitats affected by climate change such as polar regions. They also address the relationship between trade and the environment and the wider aspects of biodiversity assessment.

World Wildlife Fund -

WWF's goal is to stop, and eventually reverse, the worsening degradation of the planet's natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF is working to achieve this goal through:

Preserving genetic, species, and ecosystem diversity
Ensuring that the use of natural resources is sustainable both now and in the longer term, for the benefit of all life on Earth
Promoting action to reduce pollution and wasteful consumption to a minimum.

Since it was founded in 1961, WWF has become one of the world's largest and most effective independent organizations dedicated to the conservation of nature. It has reached this status through a constant record of conservation achievements.

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