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WOCMAP IV Recommendations

The 4th World Congress on MAPs for Human and Animal Welfare WOCMAP IV. Cape Town, South Africa, 9-13.November 2008 recommends in recognition of

  • the growing worldwide demand on sustainable use of medicinal, aromatic and other plants with similar functionality as renewable resources,
  • the increasing threat to these resources - although already established rules of CBD and GACP - caused by continuous over-harvesting and conversion of natural habitats,
  • and the unique role that MAPs increasingly play to ensure human, animal and social welfare both in developing and developed countries,

as follows:

  • the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation should be further maintained with regard to halting the decline of plant resources and associated indigenous knowledge, innovations and practices that support sustainable livelihoods, food security and health care
  • a global network should be established organizing all primary data and information on MAPs to be linked with chemical, pharmacological and clinical/application data according to a systems-biology approach, and an appropriate IPR should be established,
  • herbal health products (food supplements, nutraceuticals), herbal cosmetics and herbal medicinal products should be legalized in the same way worldwide in terms of quality, safety and efficacy / claims. Enforced efforts should result in harmonized legal regulations in borderline herbal health products all over the world,
  • governments in the developing countries should be encouraged to develop traditional medicine towards an established healing system contributing valuably to primary health care,
  • all efforts to elaborate regional monographs on traditionally used plants for human and animal welfare according to WHO, ESCOP or EMEA monographs should urgently be supported. AAMPS efforts are an encouraging model in this respect which should be promoted accordingly,
  • ethnoveterinary medicine as well as the use of plants and plant products to improve animal health, productivity and welfare requires more international attention,
  • economic sustainability of plant procurement through wild collection, domestication and cultivation must be secured through transparent costing and prizing that will provide ample opportunities for rural income generation and community development. Based on proper value chain analysis, market based intervention with the help of national service providers (e.g.. universities, standardisation bodies, consultants, trade promotion organizations, NGOs) can foster industrial processing and development by strengthening the quality, safety and claim substantiation of natural ingredients for food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals including primary health care.

Cape Town, ZA, 14.Nov.2008

Prof. Dr. Chlodwig FRANZ
President of ICMAP

Prof. Dr. Kobus ELOFF
Chairman of WOCMAP IV

Prof. Dr. K. Hsn C. BASER
President elect of ICMAP

on behalf of the ICMAP Bureau and Board and the Participants of WOCMAP IV