Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) have growing interest throughout the world. These plants are also well-known as Non-wood Forest Products (NWFP). From nature to standardized products, all these plants and products are interest of a number of sectors. Thus, their market size has gradually increased by the time. By huge development in this sector, scientific researches for supporting ethnobotanical heritage and investigating novel information have being done, governmental regulations for conservation biodiversity and protecting public health and private sector efforts to get a share from the market is increasing. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are working all the related areas for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of natural resources, encourage for their cultivation, awareness of public for muggers and to encourage for multidisciplinary actions of all related sectors for human welfare. Thus, scientific-based organizations are important forums to bring together all the stakeholders in the MAP and/or NWFP sectors.

In this context, our first International symposium The First International Mediterranean Symposium on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MESMAP-2013) which even had over 300 participants from 35 different countries confirmed this reality. The organizers’ previous experience with 6th CMAPSEEC was also a great success having more than 500 participants from 53 different countries. After these afore-mentioned meetings, important and sustainable collaborations and networks among the all the stakeholders were achieved.

After that, we organized The Second Mediterranean International Symposium on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MESMAP-2) in April, 2015, Antalya-TURKEY. Despite of the fact that the title of the International symposium contains “Mediterranean”, this big event welcomes the participants from all climates. We had many official and private sponsorships from Turkey and abroad for example; AMAPMED-Mediterranean Association of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, AMAPSEEC-East European Association of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, APTI- Association Pharmaceutical Teachers of India, THY-Turkish Airlines, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs.

After the International symposium, selected papers were published in “Industrial Crops and Products” (ELSEVIER) after scientific evaluation.

The Third Mediterranean International Symposium on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MESMAP-3) will be organized in Girne (Kyrenia), Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, in the dates of April 13-16, 2017. MESMAP-3 scientific program covers all related aspects of MAPs and NWFPs such as agriculture and forestry, botany, ethnobotany, herbal medicines, plant biotechnology, phytopharmacology, pharmacognosy, plant biology, phytochemistry, and aromatherapy. A rich social program throughout the International symposium will be also provided for informal interactions, which include welcome reception, gala dinner, congress tour, and closing ceremony. Selected papers will be published in a distinguished scientific journal with high impact factor after scientific evaluation, as well.


To be in Girne (Kyrenia), Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, for this distinguished scientific event will be an amazing experience for you and good memories to take back your home.

We would like to wish you all the best and are already looking forward to meeting you in Girne (Kyrenia), Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, in 2017 spring.

All the best,
Professor Nazim SEKEROGLU, PhD
Chairman of MESMAP International Symposiums
President of AMAPMED
General Coordinator of GOFMAP