The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a ‘blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all’. They were set in 2015 by the United Nations.
Perfumery does not only, but especially concern the following goals:
End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
The production and refinement of aromatic substances has been a means of livelihood for innumerable local stakeholders.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Aromatics have made up the means of naturopathic healthcare and traditional medicine for centuries.
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Perfumery has been deeply intermingled with high education – concerning the knowledge of poetry, cultural history, geography and biology, medicine and pharmacy, and neuro-psychological techniques of intuitive perception.
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Aromatics have been valuable in many regards, and their value calls for thoughtful consumption – consuming as much of them as it is necessary for therapeutic goals, but not more than nature produces.
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
Many key aromatics, as well as innumerable fragrant plants in general, are endangered or threatened with extinction. On the other side, their industrial mass cultivation and mass production puts its stamp on agricultural fields nowadays.
As this project aims to establish an intercultural discussion and look at cultural arts beyond the Western borders, it has been necessary to (re-) define keywords.
The following publications may give a first glimpse of Asian perfumery arts and simultaneously reflect the character of this project’s intended unbiased approach to Asian traditions.
Article: Perfumery in Asia. Reflections upon the Natural, Cultural and Intangible Heritage. (2015)
Exhibition catalogue: Das Parfumerbe Asiens / The Perfumery Heritage of Asia (Bonn/Germany, 2015–2016)