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Chapter 5: Results, discussion and learning

In-depth studies have been carried out on forest types, floristic biodiversity with special attention to the medicinal plants (MPs) and abiotic-biotic factors. Besides, application of geoinformatics, identification of stakeholders of MPs and finally SWOT analysis of all related physio cultural data of MPs and their present protection status have also been studied to evolve management strategies meaningfully.

5.1. Results

The results are presented and discussed in the following order:

1. Thematic Maps of Abiotic Factors and Forest types and their integration.

2. Floristic Biodiversity analysis and a database of Endemic and Threatened Medicinal Plant species (ETMPs).

3. Mapping of Zones of floristic endemism, Richness, Hotspots, Conservation Values and Threat Assessment of ETMPs.

4. Recovery plans for selected ETMPs and Conservation Models.

5. Stakeholders Analysis and Review results of existing Legal provisions, Policies, Acts, Field Observations, etc.

5.1.1. Thematic maps of Abiotic Factors that operate in Forests and their Integration Geospatial thematic maps such as geology, elevation, slope, rainfall, temperature and drainage density, geomorphology, soils, forest types and location of threatened MPs were prepared on a scale 1 : 50,000 using identical geo-code to use each of them as a component layer of information for integration Geology, Rock vs. Forest types (Map – 5.1)

Geologically, about 48% of the total forest cover of KMTR (all forest types except Hill top evergreen) is supported by Garnet – biotite gneissic rock…

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