Local Health Traditions (LHTs) cannot be revitalised without ensuring the health of the medicinal plant resource base. Given that the funds, human resources and efforts available are limited, it is very much needed to prioritise and assess the threat status of medicinal plants in order to focus the conservation action.
In order to accomplish the prioritisation of medicinal plants within a reasonable time and cost, the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) of Species Survival Commission has developed a rapid assessment methodology called CAMP, the Conservation Assessment and Management Plan.
The objective of CAMP workshops is to provide strategic guidance for application of intensive management and information collection techniques to the threatened plants. They also provide a comprehensive means of testing the applicability of the IUCN criteria to the threatened taxa.