In partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, the project seeks to promote long-term conservation and sustainable use of India’s medicinal plants through forest management policy and practice at national, state and local levels.
Celebrating Biodiversity in Nature
As part of the 7th CMS Vatavaran, an environment and wildlife film festival and forum, UNDP organized a session to raise awareness about the threats to the Himalayan ecosystem on 1 Feb 2014. During the session, an quiz competition was organized that enabled school children to understand the importance of biodiversity conservation in all ecosystems. In addition, a panel discussion with experts outlined threats to biodiversity conservation in Himalayas, importance of medicinal plants and associated traditional knowledge, issues related to bio-piracy, and legal mechanisms in place for protection of traditional knowledge.
Stories of Change
Conservation of Medicinal Plants
India has a rich resource base of medicinal plants, plush with about 8,000 different species. According to the Government of India (GoI), traditional medicines are the sole means of health care for about 65 percent of the population.
Voices of the Marginalized
- Bio-cultural Community Protocol of Danus and Takulis of Jhuni
- Bio-cultural Community Protocol of the Baigas, Traditional Healers’ Community, Tatidhar Village, Marwahi Forest Division, Chhattisgarh
- Bio-cultural Community Protocol of the Men-Hing (Medicinal Plants) of the Monpa (Sartang) of Salari, Arunachal Pradesh