Conservation and sustainable utilization of medicinal plants/trees and conservation concern species.

June 9, 2017

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Conservation and sustainable utilization of medicinal plants/trees and conservation concern species.

About the Implementing organization


Country: India

Year of establishment: 2003

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status / Community enterprise or business / Women’s association or organization / Indigenous group or organization / Ethnic minority group or association


The ongoing initiative on the conservation of threatened species medicinal plants/trees is aimed at conservation and sustainable harvesting of wild flora in the high altitude region. Groups of collectors are being brought together and made aware of the need to harvest sustainably. They are trained in collection methods, harvest schedules and removal of only mature plants after the seeding season. Planting nursery raised plants in depleted pastures and other areas would be taken up seasonally. Multiple stakeholders including women’s savings and credit groups and herbs collectors are actively involved in the assessment of safely harvestable quantities, raising nurseries closer to pastures and in developing/ refining systems for sustainable harvest.Currently, four high altitude medicinal plants species i.e. Aconitum heterophyllum (Atees) – EN (Endangered), Picrorhiza kurrooa (Kutki) – EN, Appendix II, CITES, Valeriana wallichii (mushkbala) and Dioscorea deltoidae (Shingli-Mingli) – Negative list, EXIM policy have been raised in the nursery and planting carried out in some sites. Useful tree species like the wild or bitter apricot (Prunus armeniaca), walnut (Juglans regia) and wild peach (Prunus persica), green oak (Quercus Dilatata) are raised in the nursery and distributed to villagers for plantation on their own land. NTFPs are collected for value added products.They basically follow 3 measures 1) Sustainable wild harvest 2) In situ conservation 3) Production in private plots.

Nature Element

Forests / Mountains / Grasslands / Wildlife

Type of Action

Protection / Sustainable use / Mainstreaming into sectors / Access and benefit sharing / Awareness and education / Advocacy for land & water rights

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Water security / Peace and security / Health / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

As a whole, this entire process has low external inputs and judicious management of resources. It connects to environment protection, wildlife protection and respects sustainable natural resources management.

Sustainable Development Impacts

As a Sustainable Development Goals, Natural resources available in that specific locations, traditional know-how is prudently utilized for the upliftment of the hill women of Kullu. It judicious utilizes the seasonal resources and generates revenue for the local people. This program also connects to ecological sanitation, energy saving program by using indigenous manufacturing technologies, crop protection, promotion of local crops thus encouraging genetic viability and protection of local varieties. Even wild edible fruits and greens are promoted for health care which adds value to the lesser known weedy species and value addition. Thus Ecosystem services are encouraged. In this process, women involved are empowered with economy, knowledge and confident to face the challenges!


This model of community entrepreneurship can be adapted by anyone in their context if they are committed and sincere for their community upliftment and self-upliftment. This is a doable model and cost effective. Management practices are put in place and demonstrated effective by Jagriti team.


A visit to this group by interested parties will be encouraging and model for others. It shows that a small caring action can make a change in every home. It is a possible project/model to follow!

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