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Equator Initiative Case Study – Pacari Network

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Pacari Network brings together 47 traditional pharmacies and community-based organizations to cultivate medicinal plants, preserve traditional ecological knowledge and health traditions, and protect the biodiversity of Brazil’s Cerrado biome. In the absence of comprehensive legislation recognizing traditional health practices, Pacari has mobilized medicinal plant producers and local health practitioners to develop self-regulation.
Standards have been put in place to regulate the preparation of traditional remedies, safety and sanitary conditions for plant processing, and sustainable harvesting techniques. Through its ‘Pharmacoepia of People of the Cerrado’, Pacari has developed a unique system of documenting traditional knowledge involving the participation of over 260 traditional health providers. The health benefits from the initiative extend to more than 3,000 poeple per month. Medicinal plant cultivation and the operation of small pharmacies also provide jobs and sources of income. The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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