Did you know that commercial wild-collection in Europe is alive and kicking? ProFound senior consultant Robbie Hogervorst participated in FairWild Forum 2019 in Budapest. During the forum he visited wild collection sites near the Hungarian-Croatian border. Here Roma collectors benefit from working for FairWild-certified operations:

  • better working conditions,
  • better and more stable incomes and
  • fair trade premiums to invest in community projects.
Participants of FairWild Forum 2019

At the time of visit, the group was collecting wild garlic.

At the FairWild Forum, Robbie also presented how FairWild certification can support compliance to the Nagoya Protocol for Access and Benefit Sharing. Other speakers explained how to determine high risk plants – and how to work on resource assessments and management plants for high-risk vs low risk species. They also described challenges of setting up premium funds in fair standard systems.