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Friday, July 1, 2011

BIODIVERSITY: Exploration of forests causing depletion of Himalayan medicinal wealth!

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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, June 30, 2011.

North-western Himalayan region with its wide range of altitudes, topography and climatic conditions, is a rich repository of medicinal wealth.
North-western Himalayan region with its wide range of altitudes, topography and climatic conditions, is a rich repository of medicinal wealth - The Hindu.

Developmental pressure on forests and their unscrupulous exploitation have caused “severe depletion” of Himalayan medicinal wealth, a government report said and warned that the situation would go worse if corrective steps are not taken.
A report submitted to the Environment Ministry also said encouraging commercial cultivation is vital for the success of medicinal plants sector to meet the ever growing demand for “temperate medicinal plants”.
This medicinal wealth, which occupies an important place in Vedic treatise, has been depleting continuously for the last two decades in their natural habitat, said the report by the Himalayan Forest Research Institute (HFRI), adding that the depletion of medicinal plants resource base is affecting the health and livelihood options of the people.

It doesn't appear our moneybags have no qualms of making money out of pristine natural settings also!

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