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Approximately 80 per cent of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines to meet their primary healthcare needs. Similarly, modern medicine often depends on compounds sourced from nature. For instance, half of all anti-cancer drugs introduced since the 1940s are either natural products or their derivatives.
Research has shown that the success rate of discovering new drugs is higher when components are sourced from nature, and when drug candidates are based on Indigenous knowledge. Globally, 25 per cent of drugs used in modern medicine are derived from rainforest plants, many of which might still be unknown if not for the traditional knowledge of Indigenous Peoples. Here are some examples:
Using local medicinal plants has always been part of Indigenous cultures. But due to forest degradation, acculturation, and rural-urban migration, new generations are losing this traditional knowledge. Interestingly, forest certification can help preserve Indigenous knowledge and, in turn, increase our chances of novel drug discovery.
Certification has often proven equal to, or even more effective than, legislation to protect species, habitats, and culture, as pressure from the market is often stronger than from governments. FSC forest certification standards help protect the rights of Indigenous peoples, their resources, and traditional knowledge.