This volume brings together a collection of papers by some experts
in medicinal plants. It is presented as a contribution to
clarifying the many policy and technical issues associated with the
conservation, use, production and trade of medicinal plants. This
publication draws attention to the huge contribution of medicinal
plants to traditional and modern health care systems, but also
alert the readers on the many problems and challenges facing their
sustainable development, such as: assessment and management of the
medicinal plant resource base; best harvesting and processing
practices; trade issues and aspects dealing with the intellectual
property rights on traditional medicine by indigenous peoples. The
use of this document will help raise the awareness on medicinal
plants as an important forest resource, and will help ensure that
medicinal plants are adequately included in forest conservation and
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