The Syrian Green Gold Project
Through field visits of Mashrouie team during 2017 and 2018 and examining the current status of local communities in terms of resources and types of funded projects as well as the various environmental diversity of communities, it turned out that the most suitable projects are those related to medicinal and aromatic plants and their extracts. Therefore, we cooperated with the Scientific Society of Medicinal Plants represented by the Society’s president Dr. Shadi Al-Khatib to hold several initiatives in communities and participate in several conferences specialized in this field to finally reach a suggestion for a national project consisting of all relevant entities under the name: ‘Syrian Green Gold Project’. The workshop was help for 3 days starting on 9/12/2018. The first session was titled “planting and harvesting medicinal plants”, and the second was titled “optimal investment of Syria medicinal plants in medicines”, while the third was titled “marketing medicinal plants.” The workshop came out with the following outputs: 10- Form an umbrella joining a national team from all entities interested in medicinal plants to follow up the execution of the workshop’s outputs; and from this team we shall form a small committee under the patronage of the Syria Trust to coordinate with all entities and unite efforts in the fields of agriculture, medical, pharmaceutical, and scientific research. 11- An investment plan for the most economic plants in the Syrian geography to become a guideline in Mashrouie to grant loans to beneficiaries and guide them through the investment. 12- Work on the added value of the Syrian medicinal plants’ products to enhance the economic revenue (extraction - distillation). 13- Channel the scientific research in the medicinal plants’ field to develop the benefit of Syrian medicinal plants in manufacturing plant-based medicines. 14- Review the scientific research done within the last 5 years to benefit from the valuable ones, then send the outputs accordingly to the Ministry of Higher Education in order for it to correspond with the faculties of pharmacy and science (chemistry and biology) in universities to obtain what studies they have related to medicinal plants and the recommendations resulting from such researches. 15- Protect the Syrian medicinal plants through legislations for importing. 16- Protect the genetic roots. 17- Obtain an ‘organic’ certification for the beneficiaries’ lands (due to its positive reflection on sales). 18- List all traditional uses of medicinal plants, after being scientifically proved, in a publication under the name: (traditional use of Syrian medicinal plants).