Understanding the distribution pattern of medicinal plants was one of the essential program to address Conservation action programs by the Center for Conservation of Natural Resources. The geographical distribution mapping efforts have given priority to species of high conservation concern as well as the species in high volume trade and this program was driven by the vision and expertise of Late Shri D.K. Ved, (retd IFS) and the GIS expertise was contributed by Dr. Vijay Barve FMNHS.
The Eco-distribution Maps are attempted for mapping distribution, occurrence and population of critical species of conservation concern for ex Saraca asoca, Coscinium fenestratum which is not a one time effort but a continuous upgradation process based on the institutes research and botanical field experience. Incorporating precise geographical locations from literature, herbaria and field where correlated with ecological parameters namely altitude range, rainfall range, soil type etc. provide an understanding of the pattern of natural distribution of the species. The team has created such Eco distribution maps for 450 RET species and this. For informing the society on medicinal plants 2000 geo maps for threatened and traded species prioritized from different biogeography of India has been created and disseminated as Digital Atlas Of Medicinal Plants, under the Center of Excellence program MOEF & CC. The team has been involved in deepening and widening the distribution database of the Indian Medicinal Plant Database of FRLHT-TDU.
The vision and mission of this team has been periodically reviewed and advised to upgrade it to the next level by experts like D.K. Ved, P.S. Roy & Darshan Shankar to deepen the research component of Distribution database and disseminate the medicinal plant information through Geospatial portals to serve the society. Novel Ideas using application of Geospatial tools based on household surveys, medicinal plants survey, validation by Ayurveda classical texts, is being implemented in HD Kote taluka for building self reliance to manage primary health care in rural talukas of India.