Deepa G B

Assistant Professor
Centre for Conservation of Natural Resources
Ph: 9886231699

15 years of experience in

  • field implementing projects on improving good collection practices of medicinal plants, which includes wild collection, cultivation, semi processing, value addition, marketing, etc.
  • regularly conducting community training and skill development programmes for different stakeholders in Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh on sustainable utilization of medicinal plants


  • 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.

Current Interests:

  • Conservation and sustainable use of natural resources
  • Current environmental issues
  • Sustainable development

Ongoing Research Projects / Grants / Specific Research activities:

  • Implement various value chain strengthening activities in the target landscape of Thiruvananthapuram
  • Training of Trainers (ToTs) and Community Level Training, programmes on sustainable harvesting of wild Medicinal Plant Resources
  • Sustainable harvesting, value addition & Resource Augmentation of selected RET and High Traded Medicinal Plant Species, Karnataka
  • Development of sustainable harvesting methodologies for slected medicinal plant species in medicinal plants conservation area (MPCAs) Chhattisgarh
  • Study of value chain, livelihood dependence and sustainable harvesting practices for selected medicinal plants in Sikkim


  • Deepa G.B., Jagannatha Rao R. and Arthur Selwyn Mark. 2019. Resource Augmentation Techniques Developed for Three High Traded Medicinal Trees: Ailanthus triphysa, Cinnamomum malabatrum And Sapindus emarginatus. In: Medicinal Plants: Cultivation and Conservation. Amruth M., Raghu AV., Raveendran VP., Md. Kunhi KV., and Viswanath S. (eds.). KSCSTE-Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Kerala. Pg 69-80. ISBN: 81-85041-90-3
  • Deepa G.B., Arthur Mark Selwyn and Jagannatha Rao R. 2018. “Sustainable harvesting of NTFPs and Medicinal Plants: A Participatory Process”. In: Prospects in conservation of Medicinal Plants; Ed., Raghu AV, Amruth M., Md. Kunhi KV Raveendran VP and Viswanath S, KSCSTE-Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi. ISBN: 81-85041-99-7
  • Deepa G.B., Jagannatha Rao R., Suresh H.M., Arthur Mark Selwyn and Balakrishna Pisupati. 2018. “Principles and practices of sustainable use and sustainable harvesting”. The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU), India and Forum for Law, Environment, Development and Governance (FLEDGE), India.
  • Deepa GB, Jagannatha R. Rao and Arthur Selwyn Mark. 2017. Global and national initiatives on policies and regulatory measures for conservation and sustainable use of medicinal and aromatic plants. In: Medicinal Plants: Benefit sharing, development, conservation; Ed., Pradeep Kumar S., Amruth M., Raghu AV, Md. Kunhi KV and Raveendran VP, KSCSTE-Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi. ISBN: 978-81-85041-88-1
  • Bhatt JR, Jagannatha Rao, Deepa GB, Ved DK. & Darshan Shankar. 2015. “Planting Health, Rural Livelihoods And Education– A Model Initiative for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Medicinal Plants” UNDP and MoEFCC. ISBN 978-93-84208-00-4
  • 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.


  • Karnataka Forest Department, Kerala Forest Department

Team Members:

  • Mr. Jagannatha Rao
  • Dr. Arthur Selwyn

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