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Comments on first edition

“Management Strategies for Endemic and Threatened Medicinal Plants in India – A Geoinformatic Approach” (First Edition)


“Management Strategies for Endemic and Threatened Medicinal Plants in India – a Geoinformatic Approach is a timely book. I congratulate you on the Plant Schedules consisting of 201 medicinal plants. This is a very valuable contribution”

– Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, Chairman, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Member of Parliament

“…..I find it a wealth of information carefully crafted with maps, images, tables etc., To be frank I am viewing such sharp and colorful photos of forest flowers and fruits for the first time. ..…. a valuable guide book embellished with details taking advantage of modern technology, satellite data, Gas Chromatography, GIS, etc. Simply, it is a hallmark of  this genre. Foresters, botanists, ecologists, environmentalists should feel proud of such a comprehensive publication. The book in art paper may be two kg, a factor to be concerned while persons go for field work. I find it difficult to read even with glasses as the font is small. A hand book containing pages (170-200) in bigger font and lighter stationery with all photos in the same sequence will be easy to carry for field trip”.

– S. Kondas, Former Principal Chief Conservators of Forests, Tamil Nadu

“……Very well illustrated book focused on threatened medicinal plants. The book has high quality of printing and incorporates photographs of many of the rare threatened medicinal plants of Southern Western Ghats.……This (is) pioneering effort in undertaking extensive field studies and putting together field based valuable information, along with high quality photographs, relating to many of the rare medicinal plant species of our country. I am sure this effort will help in triggering more such in-depth researches relating to endemic medicinal plant species of high conservation concern. I hope it will also help in framing policies as well as guide an informed action for conservation and sustainable utilization of these valuable plant resources.”

– D.K. Ved, I-AIM-FRLHT, Bangalore

“Thanks and congratulations for sending me your (book) – ‘Magnum Opus’. This looks like your life time achievement. Everything about this book is fantastic. …..The theme of the book, the arrangement of chapters, innumerable maps and 500s of photographs of plants which are so clear and well printed all these make your work really great……a masterpiece .”

– M.R. Rajagopalan, Managing Trustee, Gandhi Gram Trust, Dindigul

“This is a well intended effort towards the sustainable management of medicinal plants and will be significant in providing insight on creating livelihood options for the local communities.”

– Anoop Badhwa, Inspector General of Forests, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India, New Delhi

“…..Since we have only few books on such documentation of flora, this book will speak for years to come, inspiring and connecting the taxonomists and other common people with the world of flora. ….. this book will help scientist to propagate rare plants and save them from further extinction.”

– Dr. R. Gopalan, Former Scientist, Botanical Survey of India, Coimbatore

“The book titled ‘Management Strategies for Endemic and Threatened Medicinal Plants in India – a Geoinformatic Approach’ – published by Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu is a monumental and an extra ordinary effort. …. it is suggested that Biodiversity Boards may popularize the management strategies mentioned therein wherever found relevant.”

– C. Achalender Reddy, Secretary, National Biodiversity Authority, Govt. of India, Chennai

“…. Your book ….. is a fantastic and monumental work. ….the excellent and dedicated way you applied yourself to this noble and demanding challenging task and produced this wonderful treatise. The book has come at the right time when there is an International recognition of the importance of Bio-Diversity especially of Medicinal Plants and the need for its conservation and Sustainable Management.”

– Dr. S. John Joseph, Former Principal Chief Conservators of Forests, Tamil Nadu

“The objective of this study by a serving officer from the Indian Forest Service was the rehabilitation of endemic and threatened plant species that provide life saving drugs. The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) has indicated that 12.5 per cent of known flowering plants of the world suffer from different degrees of threats. A similar proportion of threatened medicinal plants are found in India, and 112 of such plants are from southern part of India.”

– The Hindu, Tuesday, July 24, 2012

“.… It (book) has come out excellently well; beautiful layout, quality, and accuracy of printing, colour maps, diagrams etc. surpassed even the best foreign publication. I record my appreciation to your printer, M/s. Acedata Prinexcel Pvt. Ltd., Coimbatore, and the spirit of excellence in you. Your  painstaking effort over a decade has produced an outstanding contribution to the nation. It is a beginning of a systematic approach to preserve the Medicinal herbs but an eye opener to the other states to undertake such study even in other parts of Tamilnadu.”

– A. Selvaraj, I.R.A.S.,Financial Advisor & Chief Accounts Officer ,Ministry of Railways, Govt. of India

“The book was released in 11th Conference of Parties (CoP-11) on Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad. Receiving the first copy of the abridged version in Hyderabad Dr. Kazuaki Takemota, Director of Satoyama Initiative of the 10th convention held at Nagoya, Japan, said the work is a timely one and would boost efforts to preserve medicinal plants.”

– The Times of India, November 3, 2012

“The content and the quality of this book reflects a dedicated work that will be very useful to a wide range of public including scientist, students, foresters and decision makers working in the field of plants biodiversity management and conservation. I am sure the robust method summarized in figure 4.1 and 4.2 will be of good help to many scientists, and managers involved in forest and plant biodiversity management. As you might be aware, FAO is currently coordinating the preparation of the first State of the World Forest Genetic Resources based on country reports. Your book is a significant contribution not only to improving the knowledge FGR of India but also to the development of improved approach in management strategies of endemic and threatened plant species.”

– Albert Nikiema, Forestry Officer (Forest Genetic Resources), Forestry Department, FAO, Rome

“The author’s approach is holistic in the best sense. In a comprehensive way the issues at stake, the endangerment, protection strategies and the current state of research are analyzed……In its main body, many site data are documented in in detailed maps, the most important forest types are introduced in color photos and elaborately illustrated chapters. A comprehensive appendix, which provides information for each species, among others habitat requirements, distribution and incidence, is rounding off the book. The introduction into all relevant aspects is so illustrative that the book can be used as well a geobotanic compendium and a field guide to the region. This impressive opus is available in India for free. Anything comparable is not available in the German language region.”

– Reiner Juengst, Geographische Rundschau (A reputed Journal in German Language, December 2012