The Illegal Orchid Trade And Its Implications for Conservation

Illegal trade in wild orchids threatens many species with extinction. The first global study of the topic has been conducted by the IUCN Orchid Specialist Group’s Global Trade Programme. Orchids are being over-harvested from the wild for ornamental, medicinal, and food uses. Many are disappearing. In addition, endangered plants don’t receive as much attention as endangered animals, so they get less conservation assistance. The study names priorities to address these problems, such as conducting more research, encouraging the legal orchid trade, taking steps to reduce illegal trade, and advocating for more resources.

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