Forest Herbs Research Ltd (FHR) – the company who initiated the NZAID-funded project in Sa Pa the ‘Medicinal Plants Innovation Project’. From this project were developed Sa Pa Essentials (SPE) and Sa Pa Indigenous Medicinal Plants Association (SIMPA). Inputs by FHR during the MPI project and after were conducted on a non-profit basis. FHR continues to support SPE and SIMPA in their activities through their experience in the natural products sector, their active support in continued research on anti-melanoma extracts from the native Vietnamese plant Binh Voi Stephania brachyandra and their facilitation of patent establishment with the Australian Law Firm Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR).
http://www.forestherbs.co.nz/
http://www.kolorex.com/

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Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR). An Australian law firm with branches in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. AAR is currently providing pro bono services to SIMPA in relation to the transferral of a patent taken out on novel anti-melanoma activity of Binh Voi Stephania brachyandra. Originally taken out by FHR on behalf of SIMPA, AAR has facilitated the transfer of the patent back to SIMPA in a first-of its-kind move in Vietnam.
http://www.aar.com.au/comm/proproj.htm#plant
AAR’s support of SIMPA is also the subject of a case study on the ‘Business for Millennium Development’ website.
http://b4md.com.au/files/MDG3_CaseStudy.pdf

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New Zealand Aid’s (NZAID) Asia Development Assistance Facility (ADAF) provided funds for the initial Medicinal Plants Innovation (MPI) project. ADAF funding proved flexible enough to allow the project to develop to its full potential and keep going!
http://www.nzaid.govt.nz/adaf/

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Centre for Community Empowerment (CECEM) are a Vietnamese NGO that specialises in management training and capacity building. CECEM were one of the major partners of the Medicinal Plants Innovation (MPI) project.
http://cecem.org/cecem_en.html

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Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development (SEED) Initiative inspires, supports and researches exceptional, entrepreneurial, nascent, multi-stakeholder partnerships for locally-led sustainable development. The ‘Bridging the Gap’ partnership consisting of CECEM, FHR, SIMPA and led by SPE was honoured with a SEED award in 2007 for their medicinal plant work in Sa Pa.
http://seedinit.org/

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The BBC World Challenge Awards ‘reward…..groups that truly make a difference through enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level.’ These Awards, in association with Shell and Newsweek, listed SPE as one of twelve finalists in 2007.
http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/

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One of our staunchest supporters of the Medicinal Plants Innovation (MPI) project, the Cat Cat View Hotel in Sa Pa boasts some of the most dramatic views of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Enjoy this stunning view whilst enjoying a large breakfast or a hot lemon and honey on their outdoor balcony; and for a cultural experience take one of their extensive range of tours to see the real north Vietnam.
http://www.catcathotel.com/

 

 


 

 
   
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