AN OVERVIEW OF FAO´S WORK ON MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS (MAPS) WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO ECOCROP AND ECOPORT

P.J. Griffee
This presentation gives the scope of the multidisciplinary involvement with Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) and associated projects and institutions and relates to the safety aspects where appropriate. Emphasis is placed on “Ecocrop”- the Crop Environmental Requirements Database (http://ecocrop.fao.org) which includes a search function for several hundred MAPs related to their environmental needs and medicinal uses. The associated knowledge management system “EcoPort” (http://www.EcoPort.org), which has data on over 550 MAPs including precautions, will also be discussed. EcoPort is managed by contributors globally who contribute, own and share their information. In 2004, 900 pages per day were updated and peer-reviewed. EcoPort’s pledge is to: Establish and sustain a “Knowledge Commons” where individuals and communities can work and learn together to develop sustainable ways to manage the Earth's natural resources; Facilitate access to information through a public service that will enable participants to own and update the knowledge created by their collective effort through application of EcoPort’s procedures; Promote the availability and use of EcoPort’s information and procedures as a Global Public Good to provide education to communities and individuals engaged in natural resources management and conservation; And to make provision to ensure data quality through peer review and to preserve and display individual ownership of shared information.
Griffee, P.J. (2006). AN OVERVIEW OF FAO´S WORK ON MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS (MAPS) WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO ECOCROP AND ECOPORT. Acta Hortic. 720, 23-26
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2006.720.1
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2006.720.1
aromatic plants, ecology, information management, medicinal plants.
English

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