About the ProjectThe purpose of the EthnoMedicine Preservation Project® (EMPP) is to preserve the medicinal plant knowledge of indigenous cultures through documentation, exchange of information and preservation of habitat for future generations.
Every culture contains a unique system of medicine with different degrees of emphasis on the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of healing. These cultures have traditionally depended on the living transmission of these techniques from master to apprentice.
Younger generations have begun abandoning the ‘often primitive’ environments of their ancestors in pursuit of a more modern life, leaving the elders with no one to teach. It is not enough to record this knowledge in books, because the vitality of the experience is only partially understood through words.
Through botanical reserves, research and multimedia documentation, the EthnoMedicine Preservation Project® provides a way in which the living knowledge of indigenous cultures is preserved, taught and carried on.