CONTENTS:- 1. Cultural Components in Use and Cultivation of Medicinal Plants:Case Study of Chhattisgarh 2. An Empirical Assessment of Ethno Healing Practices and Indigenous Knowledge System Among Juangs of Orissa 3. Local Knowledge and Legal Implications for the Conservation of Biological Diversity in Namibia 4. Traditional Knowledge and Integrated Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Development 5. Prioritizing Tasks for Voluntary Organizations Dealing with the Medicinal Plants Sector 6. Systematic Documentation of Traditional Knowledge:Need for Environmental Governance 7. Role of Ethnotherapeutic Leads for Modern Drug Development Programme to Meet the Challenges of Global Herbal Market 8. Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Natural Resource Conservation for Sustainable Development in Uganda 9. Stakeholders' Workshop as an Effective Tool for Linking Conservation and Livelihoods:Case of Medicinal Plants from Uttarakhand, Indian Himalayas 10. Augmenting Women's Contributions in Community-Based Conservation of Medicinal Plants:Lessons from Biodiversity and Recipe Contests 11. Documentation of Wild Medicinal Wealth of Nokrek Biosphere Reserve in Meghalaya, India 12. Cultivation, Commercialization and Conservation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in the Upper Dhauli Ganga catchment of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Uttarakhand 13. Indigenous Health Care System Among Saora of Chhattisgarh:An Anthropological Appraisal 14. Medicinal Plant Based Rural Enterprise:Case Study of an Integrated Approach to Biodiversity Conservation And Livelihood Security of Irula Tribe in Tamil Nadu, Southern India 15. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants as an Indicator of Sustainable Development in Serbia 16. Medicinal Plants Conservation and Development 17. Ethnomedicine and Health Management Practices Among the Hill Korwa and Birhor of Chhattisgarh:an Anthropological Appraisal 18. Use of Medicinal Plants by Bone Setters:Need for Indepth Research 19. Development of Medicinal Plants Sector in Chhattisgarh Vis-à-vis Economic and Policy Related issues 20. Cultivation of Medicinal Plants 21. Heritage of Plant Medicine Among the Karbis of Kamrup District, Assam
This volume comprises of research articles presented at first Global Summit of Sustainable Development and Biodiversity, Gloss-2008 during February 7-9, 2009. This volume critically examines various complex issues relating to erosion of habitats medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) around the globe. Poor people in hill and mountain regions of South Asia and Africa not only resort to participatory conservation of medicinal plant biodiversity but also draw more than 50% of their livelihood from MAPs and non-timber forest produces. The existing policies, programmes and strategies adopted by different national governments relating to natural resource management fail to address the challenges of continuous erosion in the livelihood of poor and indigenous people. The concern for inappropriate threat assessment of the MAP species and stimulation of community based enterprise and capacity building approach for scientific collection, conservation and harvesting practices has been drastically missed, The overexploitation of wild medicinal plants in different regions of South Asia and Africa has posed serious threat to biodiversity. The legal experts and environmentalists have prioritized on integration of the conservation of biodiversity by local people and stimulation of cultivation of endangered medicinal plants with law enforcement approach. The conservation policies, strategies and programmes need to be renewed with people centred, benefit sharing, focused and biodiversity enriching principles.