1st European Herb Gathering, 4-7 October 2012, Lesachtal, AT

Rural Actors for Health

1st European Hearb GatheringHerbs play an important role for health

  • Traditional knowledge about the use of plants is acknowledged as intangible cultural heritage (recognized by UNESCO). This represents a strong commitment to safeguard this knowledge and the benefits it can provide for public human health.
  • The cultivation, processing, selling and use of herbs is strongly restricted by regulations
  • It is often rural actors, mainly women, who are the holders of knowledge how to cultivate and process plants and how to use them. These actors play an important role in the economic balance of rural regions. The cultivation and processing of plants is an important cornerstone of multifunctional agriculture.