The International Council for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ICMAP) a non profit organization dedicated to the promotion of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAP) worldwide every five years organises the World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (WOCMAP). This is probably the most important gathering of scientists, researchers and promoters of medicinal and aromatic plants on earth. The first WOCMAP was held in Europe [Maastricht, Netherlands 1992] the second in South America [Mendoza, Argentina 1997], and the third in Asia [Chiang Mai, Thailand 2003]. For the very first time Africa has been chosen to host the fourth WOCMAP event. [Cape Town, South Africa 2008] .The Department of Phytomedicine, University of Pretoria and the African Association of Medicinal Plant Standards working in association with Thebe Conferences will be responsible for local organisation.
WOCMAP expects between 1500-2500 delegates at this conference, which will be held in the magnificent Cape Town International Conference Centre. (www.cticc.com) This is a unique opportunity for Africans involved in the medicinal and aromatic plant industry to share their knowledge and the rich diversity of our flora with scientists, businessmen and researchers from all over the world. The theme of the conference is “Using plants for the benefit of people”.