We have pioneered the innovative idea of establishing a network of Medicinal Plants Conservation Areas (MPCAs) across different states of the country to promote insitu conservation of wild medicinal plant resources. This effort over the last 20 years, in collaboration with the State Forest Departments and Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change of Govt. of India, has resulted in establishment of 108 insitu conservation sites across 12 states of the country so far. This is one of the most innovative programme for promoting insitu conservation of medicinal plants across the tropical world. The precise location of each of these 108 MPCAs, averaging around 200 hectares and harbouring wild breeding populations of medicinal plants of conservation concern, has been mapped and detailed floristic surveys have been carried out to inventorize the presence and populations of medicinal plant species. This network of MPCAs is functioning as a catalyst for promoting informed conservation action as well as resource augmentation of critical medicinal plant resources of India.
Establishment of a National repository of Indian medicinal plants has been another unique and innovative initiative. It is the only medicinal plants herbarium in the country engaged in field collection, identification and systematic curation of dried plant specimens with more than 40,000 such specimens, representing, more than 3000 species, available for studies and reference. This herbarium has been designed as a bio-cultural herbarium to provide information on vernacular and botanical names of different medicinal plant species, alongside the details of specific locations and their collection. Almost all the native medicinal plants currently in trade represented in our collection. A raw drug repository cataloging and curating more than 3700 samples of traded botanical drugs is an additional feature of our collection.