ESC Work Areas


1. Consensus building:

convening stakeholders through dialogue to develop Plant Agreements on best practices for the responsible use of traditional plants;

2. Education:

building capacity to implement Plant Agreements, engage in access and benefit sharing (ABS) activities, or understand other aspects of responsible plant use;

3. Assurance:

developing transparent, accessible, and credible mechanisms for recognizing consistent implementation of Plant Agreements;

4. Impacts Monitoring, Advocacy, and Reform:

measuring and communicating results and evidence of harm reduction, sustainable development, and other impacts stemming from the implementation of Plant Agreements and other sustainability efforts;

5. Innovations:

researching and developing new approaches to improve the sustainability and safety of ethnobotanical value chains, focusing on ecosystems, recognition of traditional plant stewardship methods, access and benefit sharing (ABS) implementation, and other approaches.

Ayahuasca Dialogues roundtable in Iquitos, Peru, co-hosted by the ESC and the Loreto regional government’s department of International Commerce, Tourism, and Arts, August 2014. Photo by Joshua Wickerham


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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.

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