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All India Coordinated Research Project on Sacred Grove Ecosystem Service Assessment: Evaluation of Ecosystem Services provided by Scared Grove sites in Kerala and Karnataka (No. 22/17/2011 – SG/RE)

Sacred groves are islands of biodiversity that is preserved undisturbed and in a pristine way due to religious reasons. These relic vegetation offer refuge to several RET species besides offering a host of services to humanity. Despite their role in community welfare and ecological importance research on quantitative assessment of the services provided by them are limited. This Sacred Grove Ecosystem Services Assessment (SGESA) was a first-ever scientific attempt to quantify and value the ecosystem services of sacred groves in the country. The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences & Technology (TDU-FRLHT), Bangalore, was engaged in elucidating six ecosystem services provided by the sacred groves in Kerala and Karnataka. Following were the ecosystem service specific deliverables envisaged for Karnataka and Kerala sacred grove sites: water as an ecosystem service of sacred groves; nutrient cycling in soil as an ecosystem service of sacred groves; biodiversity conservation as an ecosystem service of sacred groves; carbon sequestration; documentation of NTFPs & medicinal plants; documentation of local health traditions (LHT); documentation of cultural services. This project was conducted between March 2012 and March 2017, and funded by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Govt. of India.

Following are the major outcomes of the project 

  • Comprehensive checklist on the biodiversity of sacred groves 
  • Categorisation of sacred grove plants into medicinal plants, NTFPs, RET species
  • Documentation of natural regeneration within sacred groves
  • References on soil nutrients and water quality of sacred groves and their surroundings
  • Record of calendar events of spiritual activity and festivals in each sacred grove
  • Assessment of threats and pressures on each sacred grove

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: j.rao@tdu.edu.in, Mobile: 9448936300

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Rapid Assessment of Population of Conservation Concern Species at Medicinal Plants Conservation Areas (MPCAs) in Karnataka

A network of natural forest sites, particularly rich in the diversity of medicinal plants and representing a diversity of forest types in the project states, was established to capture and conserve species of high conservation concern along with a diversity of medicinal plants. These natural sites established especially for in-situ conservation of medicinal plants were designated as medicinal plants conservation areas (MPCAs). The main purpose was to create a network of MPCAs in Karnataka to ensure long-term conservation of wild medicinal plants. These MPCAs were located in relatively undisturbed pockets of forests rich in plant diversity and spanning different vegetation types and altitudinal ranges to capture a viable population of the identified species of conservation concern. Karnataka Forest Department in collaboration with Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), Bengaluru has established 17 Medicinal Plants Conservation Areas (MPCAs) across different forest types in Karnataka since 1993.
Apart from a species checklist prepared for each MPCA, the absence of knowledge and information about many aspects of MPCAs has given less scope for forest managers and other relevant stakeholders to measure the impact on conserving medicinal plants and also to maintain the MPCAs in the long run. In this context, the University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU) had agreed with the Karnataka Forest Department to undertake the rapid assessment of population of conservation concern species at Medicinal Plants Conservation Areas (MPCAs) in Karnataka. The project report covers the field research activities undertaken to generate baseline data on medicinal plant diversity of 17 MPCAs.
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: j.rao@tdu.edu.in, Mobile: 9448936300

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Report on Principles and Practices of Sustainable Use and Sustainable Harvesting
Contributors from TDU: Deepa GB, Jagannatha Rao and Arthur Selwyn Mark

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