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This is a publication of TDU-FRLHT titled “Planting Health, Rural Livelihoods and Education – a model initiative for conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants” is edited by Bhatt J R, Jagannatha Rao R, Deepa G B, Ved D K and Darshan Shankar. This book consolidates the experience of implementation of the project ‘National Programme on Promoting Conservation of Medicinal Plants and Traditional Knowledge for Enhancing Health and Livelihood Security’ in nine states of India, which was funded by UNDP and executed by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India, and implemented by Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions in collaboration with State Forest Departments and NGOs. The unique feature of this publication is its inter-sectoral perspective of sustainable management of medicinal plant resources. It links conservation of medicinal plants to health care, livelihoods, protection of indigenous knowledge, economics, education and local cultures. The contents of this publication are grouped under three thematic areas: (1) conservation and sustainable use, (2) health and livelihood security, and (3) education and awareness. 

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Establishment of a network of in-situ dry zone conservation sites in Karnataka

It is understandable that the Western Ghat region, which accounts for a majority of state’s plant wealth (nearly 75%), has been given more attention in comparison to dry-zone eastern regions especially with regards to species conservation and protection. Thus, it was aimed to identify and establish a network of potential forest sites that consist of typical dry-zone plant biodiversity of Karnataka for in-situ conservation. In this project, the intensive inventorisation of flowering plant species in dry-zone biodiversity in-situ conservation sites was also attempted across different seasons. The establishment of a network of dry-zone biodiversity in-situ conservation through this project was the pioneering attempt to document and understand the biodiversity richness of dry-zone sites in the state and making management decision to conserve the dry-zone biodiversity, which is otherwise not given much importance and protection in Karnataka state.
This is a booklet containing information about initiatives taken to understand dry-zone biodiversity and its uniqueness, and to conserve them in its wild condition by establishing a network of in-situ conservation sites across dry-zone districts of Karnataka state. This project was funded by the Karnataka Biodiversity Board (KBB), Govt. of Karnataka, while technical support was provided by the Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), now the University of Trans-disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU), Bengaluru.
This project was managed by Dr. Jagannatha Rao, R from the University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences & Technology (TDU) with the support of technical and field team in the study sites. For more details about this project, contact Dr. Jagannnatha Rao., Centre for Conservation of Natural Resources, Email:, Mobile: 9448936300

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“Sustainable Harvesting, Warehousing, Value Addition, Marketing and Resource Augmentation of Selected RET and High Traded Medicinal Plants”.
The unsustainable and unscientific methods of harvesting medicinal plants have led to the depletion of the resources in the wild. To conserve these resources, sustainable harvesting techniques have been developed by TDU with the financial support from the National Medicinal Plants Board, Govt. of India and implemented by Karnataka Forest Department under the project title “Sustainable Harvesting, Warehousing, Value Addition, Marketing and Resource Augmentation of Selected RET and High Traded Medicinal Plants”. These techniques have been prepared for 23 medicinal plant species as a handbook in Kannada for the use of local communities such as medicinal plant collectors, folk healers, SHG members, etc., from JFMCs, EDCs, LAMPS and other Community Based Organisations. This handbook contains species profile, sustainable harvesting, value addition and propagation techniques for 23 selected medicinal plant species. This also serves as a training material for providing training on sustainable harvesting and field implementation to frontline staff and other officers of forest department and line departments. For more details contact

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List of Books Published by TDU:

  • Ayurdarsanam
  • Ayurvediya Padartha Vijnanam
  • Bhojanakutuhalam
  • Compendium of Traded Indian Medicinal Plants
  • Glimpses of Wisdom
  • Grow and Use Medicinal Plants for Primary Health Care
  • Handbook of Medical Manuscriptology
  • Ksemakutuhalam
  • Photo Guide to Selected Medicinal Plants of Karnataka
  • Proceedings of the International Conference on Ethno-Veterinary Practices
  • Towards Co-creation of Sciences

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