Promoting Best Practices - Sharing Innovative Experiences
The case studies published in collaboration with UNDP/TCDC can be browsed online:
Vol. 7 - Conservation and Wise Use of Indigenous and Medicinal Plants
Vol. 10 - Examples of the Development of Pharmaceutical Products from Medicinal Plants.
Sustainable Use of Medicinal and Indigenous Food Plants in Developing Countries
The project - supported by the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Special Unit on Technical Cooperation with Developing Countries (TCDC) - involved the establishment of a network of centres of excellence in the South in medicinal and food plants for the purpose of identifying and sharing best practices and promoting collaboration among participating centres. 13 case studies from 13 countries were received in 2000 and evaluated and edited by experts. A workshop involving the authors of the case studies was held at the H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry in Karachi, Pakistan, in September 2000 to exchange views, share experiences and discuss collaborative programmes. The case studies were published in book form in 2001, and are also available online from the WIDE website (Vol. 7).
A second book (Vol. 10), featuring case studies from 17 institutions in 16 developing countries, was produced on the basis of the international workshop held in Trieste, Italy, from 3 to 6 February 2004 (see box on the left).
Development of Pharmaceutical Products from Medicinal Plants
In many parts of the developing world more than 80 percent of people depend on traditional medicines. How can these traditional herbal remedies be developed into potentially lucrative pharmaceutical products?
Some 20 scientists from 15 developing countries attended an event organized by the Third World Network of Scientific Organizations (TWNSO) and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) to discuss just this issue. The meeting was held from 3-6 February 2004 at the headquarters of TWAS in Trieste, Italy.
Detailed information on the proceedings and on subsequent action deliberated at the meeting are available in the bimonthly e-newsletter that the Medicinal Plant Network agreed to produce:
MPN-News1-1_March2004.doc (136 KB)
MPN-News1-2_May2004.doc (280 KB)
MPN-News1-3_July2004.doc (224 KB)
MPN-News1-4_Sept2004.doc (280 KB)
MPN-News1-5_Nov2004.doc (912 KB)
MPN-News2-1_Mar2005.doc (1 MB)
MPN-News2-2_May2005.doc (1 MB)
MPN-News2-3_July2005.doc (304 KB)
MPN-News2-4_Dec2005.doc (296 KB)
MPN-News3-1_Mar2006.doc (168 KB)
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