Deepa G B


  • Development of Certificate Course on “Ethnobotany”
  • Village Botanists Course to develop the botanical skills among the local communities across 14 states in India. Skill of more than 400 local community members has been built and state specific manuals have been developed.
  • Sustainable harvesting methods for 10 medicinal plant species developed and finalized.
  • Built capacities of around 250 stakeholders including collectors, JFMC members, folk healers, women self-help groups and front line staff of forest department on sustainable harvesting techniques, value addition techniques and, nursery and propagation techniques. These stakeholders are involved in implementation of project activities in respective JFMCs.
  • Involved from the conceptualization to implementation of 15 days residential training programme for 22 participants from 7 Afro-Asian countries which included participants from India, China, Nepal, Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

I am interested to engage with PhD students, young people interested in designing and executing innovative educational and outreach programs related to:

  1. Conservation and sustainable use of natural resources
  2. Current environmental issues
  3. Sustainable development

Some of my important publications:

  • State specific Village Botanists Course manual for 14 states
  • 17 reports related to sustainable harvesting of 3 selected NTFPs in Shimoga District of Karnataka
  • Policy brief on “New Form of Sustainable Tourism – Medicinal Plant Conservation Areas”
  • A case study on “Village Botanists Course, the Ethno-medicinal Garden of the Institute of Trans-disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology, India” In. Derewnicka, L. Vergou, A. Moussouri, T. and Fernández Rodríguez, A. (2015) Caring for your community: A manual for botanic gardens. London, BGCI.
  • Haridasan K, Jawahar CR, Deepa GB. Conservation of medicinal plants – need, possibilities and options. In: International Conference on Ethno-Veterinary Practices – Mainstreaming Traditional Wisdom on Livestock Keeping and Herbal Medicine for Sustainable Rural Livelihood. January 4th – 6th 2010. 106 – 127.
  • Giridhar A. Kinhal, Deepa GB. International training and capacity building on medicinal plants conservation and sustainable utilization – based on Indian experience. In: Medicinal Plants in Conservation and Development – Case studies and lessons learnt. Plantlife International. 2008. 61 – 63.


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