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Preface of second edition

Biodiversity Governance for Managing Endemic and Threatened Medicinal Plants in India – A Geoinformatic Approach

Manoj Kumar Sarkar, I.F.S.

PREFACE OF THE SECOND EDITION

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Six months have passed since the First edition of book titled “Management Strategies for Endemic and Threatened Plants in India – A Geoinformatic Approach” published by the Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai in March 2012. The book, containing the research findings over a decade, was distributed to the Government departments, Academic institutions, Centres of excellence, Forest and Environment Departments etc. within and outside the country. Within a short period of circulation, many laudable comments poured in from various sections of people. Comments like ‘it is a masterpiece of work’, ‘a monumental work’, ‘a hallmark’ – ‘Magnum opus’ etc. were made. At the same time, it is also commented that the book is not very handy for field personnel as the weight of the book is more and also the font size is smaller.

Further it was also opined that if an abridged version of the book containing salient issues can be brought out, it will be helpful for the field personnel and also for the policy makers, environmentalists and local people. An opportunity in the form of a brief presentation in Conference of Parties (CoP -11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity to be held at Hyderabad during October 2012 came my way. The Chairman, National Biodiversity Authority, Govt. of India was kind enough to state that “recognizing the need to further disseminate this interesting and comprehensive work, NBA has decided to support bringing out an abridged version of the full publication for use by conservationists, forest and environment department personnel, policy makers and local people so that the management of endemic and threatened medicinal plants is based on science-policy interface and am very certain that this publication will fill a knowledge gap in the country with reference to policy-practice link” Hence the printing of the abridged version of this book.

This document treads in a multidisciplinary path incorporating and synthesizing information from a variety of interrelated subjects like biodiversity with taxonomy and ecological input, geo-informatics, phytochemistry, public policy and management to serve as a reference point for the endemic and threatened medicinal plants, whilst endeavouring to provide a road map for conservation of plants.

The study has identified problems and prospects of medicinal plant sector in the country and accordingly prescribed necessary management strategies to overcome the same in a comprehensive manner based on detailed field survey as a pilot study. Although the study is representing KMTR in Tamil Nadu, the proposed model of conservation would hold good for the entire country, of course with minor modifications based on site specific issues of individual States. I am sure that it would help in framing Government policies and their implementation for conserving and managing sustainably the MPs of the country.

This is an abridged version of the Original book with special objective to reach the policy makers, personnel of forest and environment department for field trips, conservationists and local people. Therefore, additional information like detailed references and appendices provided in first edition are not accommodated here in this book. Bringing out this scientific document is considered as an opportunity to learn intimately the floral resources including medicinal plants of the country in general and KMTR in particular to protect, conserve and augment them ensuring sustainable benefit flow for the people of this country. I have enjoyed the journey of carrying out this work. The information given here in this book, if can bring some positive change in the system in protecting the imperilled plants and if people at large are benefited, I shall feel rewarded.

Coimbatore – 641 043, INDIA

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