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CITES CoP17 - MPNS recognised as a useful resource
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Dear <<First Name>>,

This week representatives from the 183 countries that are signatories to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna (CITES) are meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the 17th Conference of the Parties. At each conference, the parties consider new listings, review existing listings and review the procedures that go into implementing the treaty.

During this conference, MPNS will be highlighted as an important reference resource which can help facilitate effective regulation of the trade in medicinal plants. We are very pleased to receive this recognition, and see it as an opportunity to explore closer links with groups working in conservation. We explore the relevance of MPNS to CITES and the trade in medicinal plants in more detail in this week’s Kew Science Blog:
 

Trade in threatened medicinal plants - why plant names matter

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As part of this work, an information document has been submitted to CITES by the British Government - this outlines the MPNS project and gives examples of how our portal can be useful to governments, agencies and individuals working with CITES legislation. You can view the document on the CITES website (PDF).

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MPNS Project page on Research Gate

We have started a project page on the website Research Gate – Here you will find copies of our articles and posters available to download. If you follow the project you will view new publications in your newsfeed:
https://www.researchgate.net/project/Medicinal-Plant-Names-Services-MPNS


The Challenge of Names in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

We have recently uploaded an article that we wrote for The Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) Journal, outlining potential problems when using names to refer to the materia medica of TCM. You can read it here.


Symposium: Food and Medical Traditions from the Plant World: Exploring Herbal Uses

We will be attending this symposium on the 12th October at University College London (UCL), organised by UCL Spices and Medicine - an interdisciplinary UCL research society focusing on the use of potent substances across cultures and contexts. Still time to register here.

Best wishes,

Jason & The MPNS team
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