Anna Ermakova and Martin Terry

In the natural sciences, for a long time, discussions about sustainability focused exclusively on the biological aspects. Harvesting of wild plants is sustainable if it is “conducted at a scale and rate and in a manner that maintains populations and species over the long term,” according to The International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP, 2007). A very simplified way of looking at biological sustainability is this: All biological resources are renewable. If the rate of harvest is less than the rate of renewal, then the species or population should persist in the long term… continue reading.

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