Conservation and Promotion of Endangered Medicinal Plant Species from Western Ghats of India

27 Feb 2009 Northern Western Ghats, India, Indian Sub-continent Biodiversity | Plants

Ankur Patwardhan


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Recovery of Endangered Nothapodytes Foetida Through Community Participation

5 Jul 2007

Domestication of Nothapodytes Nimmoniana

The present project focuses on mass propagation, conservation and promotion of selected plant species that are ‘red listed’ and have high trade potential.

Dysoxylum binectariferum.

Dysoxylum binectariferum.

Western Ghats of India is one of the 34 globally recognized biodiversity hotspots known for its rich diversity of medicinal plant species. Several plant species are becoming globally important due to newfound curative properties. They yield high value metabolites and are threatened globally and endemic to Western Ghats.

Canarium recovery in the wild.

Canarium recovery in the wild.

Unsustainable harvesting in large volumes by forest contractors through local tribals was found to be one of the reasons for its depletion. Reducing harvest pressure on wild population of ‘red list’ species and promoting viable commercial cultivation with the community and government participation is a huge challenge. The present project involves local collectors in conservation, training them in raising quality planting stock and mass propagation / cultivation.

Cultivation of endangered Saraca asocka. Photo by Dr. Ankur Patwardhan.

Cultivation of endangered Saraca asocka. Photo by Dr. Ankur Patwardhan.