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  • MAPPA grants are mostly site-specific, country-focused projects with regional approaches. 
  • MAPPA aims at a shift from overharvesting to sustainable harvesting and predominance of wild collection to contemporary cultivation.
  • MAPPA-supported work has become increasingly concerned with the impact of commercialisation and cultivation on the landless poor and on the need to support local peoples access to resources in the face of privatisation of the commons and less flexible land access regimes.
  • Medplant Network News is a MAPPA network newsletter published in collaboration with the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) India, the Foundation for the Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT) Bangalore, and the Medicinal Plants Conservation Network (MPCN), Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) India, to disseminate useful and reliable information covering the MAP sector across the region.  
  • MAPPA works to build partnerships and collaboration among key stakeholders and organisations in the MAP sector in the region, and enhances regional and international networking.
  • MAPPA puts priority on research activities that build on previous research, incorporate gender and social analyses, target benefiting rural poor and indigenous communities, and have the potential to influence national and regional biodiversity conservation, environment, livelihood, and health efforts.
  • Through collaboration and partnerships with governments, nongovernment and community-based organisations, national research institutes, universities and the private sector, the MAPPA programme aims at coordinating  holistic production-to-consumption and marketing-based research activities that not only address local issues but broadens the approach to a regional approach.
  • MAPPA emphasises the production of quality assured herbal products that meet international standards for safety, efficacy, environmental and other norms.
  • MAPPA research and partner organisations have assisted in developing and compiling International Standards for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP) in a  timely publication that has been serving as a the working manual for all MAPPA projects.
  • The World Health Organization Traditional Medicine Strategy 2002-2005 (WHO 2002) has been the focal point for MAPPA research efforts on plant-based traditional medicine and medical practices in the region.
  • MAPPA projects conform to the WHO Guidelines on Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) for Medicinal Plants (WHO 2003).
  • MAPPA Phase II supported action research and pilot projects, build capacity at local level, transfer simple technologies and share information through networking activities so as to develop suitable practices, policies, technologies including certified organic and quality production, and locally adaptable package of practices in sustainably managing MAPs and NTFP resources.
  • MAPPA devolution applies a holistic approach  to the MAP sub-sector, to address the different aspects in the sector;  concentrates on generating, applying and sharing knowledge & information between countries for mutual benefit and sustainable development, under the concept of a  “network without a boundary.

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