Challenge for Europe

The knowledge about medicinal and aromatic plants gains considerable public interest. It’s not only medicines who rediscover the treasure of plants but also institutions like the UNESCO who work on the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. However the aboriginal users – the local population – is increasingly excluded from the use and commercialization of their local resources due to strict laws. They thus run the risk of losing not only an economic pillar but also the traditional knowledge which forms part of their cultural identity.

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Post written by Mag. Simone Matouch, president of the association “Natur- & Kräuterwerkstatt Lesachtal”, member of Forum Synergies

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