How we work

to the future

The ESC works in four main areas

  • Research and Engagement: Researching issues and engaging with stakeholders.
  • Communications and Development: Communicating and developing support for our work.
  • Education: Working to build understanding and capacity for people interested in using or working with traditional plants.
  • Administration: Supporting a strong team.

Our Engagement approach

The ESC takes the following engagement approach to all of our work, especially in establishing Plant Agreements. This approach is key to establishing trust amongst stakeholders and gives the ESC a process to reach consensus on key safety and sustainability issues related to plant traditions.

  1. Communicate strategy: Release information about our mission, approach, and activities so that all stakeholders can know what we are working toward and offer suggestions;
  2. Availability: We make ourselves available to receive feedback, for example through local representatives whenever possible;
  3. Stakeholder mapping: We map the stakeholder groups we are working with to ensure an inclusive and proactive stakeholder outreach and consultation process;
  4. Outreach: We proactively ask questions about the needs and priorities of stakeholder groups; and
  5. Responsiveness: We address stakeholder concerns and recommendations to the best of our ability to achieve consensus on best practices for the safe and sustainable use of specific plants and their traditions.


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Due to sustained opposition from a small but significant portion of stakeholders, we have dissolved the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council.

We are grateful for your support in increasing dialogue, learning with one another, and raising awareness about safer, more sustainable, and more reciprocal traditional plant use practices.

For a summary of our work, please see our 2014 financial report or our Dialogues Report.

If you are interested in learning more about ethnobotanicals, please visit ICEERS.