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October 29, 2007


One of the projects we are working on for the blog is to catalog all the various organizations and entities that deal with the subject matter of the blog.  We've established a database for organizations and web sites and are working on filling it out. It is a work in progress and will probably never be completed as new entities are discovered and then we add the links to other organizations that are on their link sites.  Our intent is to write a series of blogs about the various aspects of the world aromatic community.  We started with regulatory agencies, both governmental and non-governmental, and started following links from them, some to others we already have in our data base, and others that branch out into entirely new areas. Today I came across entry 108, which of course will lead to another half dozen organizations from their link page, a few of which we already have but there will probably will be at least two or three new ones.  Obviously, at this rate if we wait until the list is finished (or appears finished) to start writing about the organizations, we'll never get anything written, you will never find out about all the neat things we are discovering, and the organizations will never receive the interest or (in some cases) scrutiny they deserve. So I've decided to start a series of blogposts about them as I find them.  The analysis of the interconnections will come later as we gather all the links. (As you'll see below, in the process of writing this post, I've discovered two links, without even going to their link page--which has 15 more.)

So, to start out this series of posts, that will be categorized under Organizations, I'm going to start with:

ICMAP is the INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL for MEDICINAL and AROMATIC PLANTS. Established in 1993 following the recommendation of the 1st World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants for Human Welfare (WCOMAP), on it's website the organization describes itself as:

an international non-governmental body with the name: International Council for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ICMAP) with the general objective as promoting international understanding and cooperation between national and international organizations on the role of medicinal and aromatic plants in science, medicine and industry, and to improve the exchange of information between them.

            This Council coordinates and stimulates cooperation between partners by providing a forum for mobilizing ideas, actions, discussions, long term visions, measures in education and training in all fields related to these plants that play such an important part in the lives of human beings throughout the world.

The group is has a Secretariat in Turkey and holds World Congresses every five years.  The next world Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants for Human Welfare will be will be co-organized on 9-14 November 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa (held in conjunction with the African Association for Medicinal Plant Standards).

The organization publishes a Newsletter and News Sheet which are available on their web page (enable popups and click on the dropdown to select the one you want to read or print out).

An interesting feature on the web site was this mysterious symbol. Ecologo  When clicked, it leads to another interesting web site that will be the subject of the next post in this series.

Posted by Rob on October 29, 2007 in Organizations | Permalink


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