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Title: Inventorying and Threat Assessment of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (MAPs) of The High Altitude Himalayas
Author: NRM Team, Pragya
Source: Pragya
Year: 2007
Publisher: Pragya, India
Abstracts:The herbal wealth of the high-altitude Himalayas is under threat because of increasing market demand, climate change, policy neglect and various other factors. The presentation summarizes the results of an extensive study conducted by Pragya for mapping the high altitude medicinal and aromatic plants and their habitats for prioritization and devising conservation and management strategies. The findings of the study carried out through multi-stakeholder involvement include inventories based on biodiversity and human use value, habitat, anthropogenic pressure, and computation of a vulnerability index.
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Title: Preliminary Identification of IPAs for Medicinal Plants in The Himalayas: Country Report, India
Author: Preliminary Identification of IPAs for Medicinal Plants in The Himalayas: Country Report, India
Source: Pragya, India
Year: 2006
Publisher: Plantlife International
Abstracts:The Himalayas are a storehouse of the most valuable and rare medicinal plants, but this heritage is being depleted as a result of anthropogenic and ecological factors. Though much information exists on the species diversity in medicinal plants, relatively very little is known about the distribution, abundance, ecology and genetic diversity of the great majority of medicinal and aromatic plants. This report is based on an extensive exercise carried out to prioritize Important Plant Areas (IPAs) for medicinal plants in the entire Indian Himalayan Region to aid effective conservation action.
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Title: The Silent Crisis in the Himalayan Deserts
Author: NRM and Research & Advocacy Teams, Pragya
Source: Pragya
Year: 2009
Publisher: Pragya, India
Abstracts:The Himalayan cold deserts are experiencing a rapid rate of desertification with fast depletion of the little vegetation and enhanced erosion of large tracts of land. As a result, the inhabitants of cold deserts, typically dependant on natural resources for regular consumption and livelihoods, face severe natural resource stress and associated impoverishment. The paper summarizes the key findings and recommendations of a study conducted across the region for vulnerability and impact assessment of slow-onset disasters. The paper also includes an analysis of government interventions and potential mitigation measures.
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Title: Water Management in Cold Deserts
Author: NRM and Appropriate Technology Teams, Pragya
Source: Pragya
Year: 2005
Publisher: Pragya, India
Abstracts:Cold deserts are a distinct biome, a very difficult habitat. Water resources are minimal--the main form of precipitation is snow. Glacier-fed streams are the only source of irrigation. The report examines various issues in water management and comes up with measures for improved management practices to ensure availability of drinking water and improved living conditions. The document also seeks to explore some conservation and institutional measures for efficient water management in the region.
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Title: Perspectives on Climate Change and the Himalayas
Author: High Himalaya Forum
Source: Pragya
Year: 2012
Publisher: Pragya
Abstracts:Though the impacts of these vagaries in climate would be felt all across the world, the immediate repercussions are likely to be local; and the Himalayas are especially vulnerable to these impacts. The region suffers from a severe paucity of information on status of climate change and its impacts. There is need for a sound understanding and real-time information on the nature, extent, and impacts of ecological change, such that scientific and appropriate conservation/adaptation planning and action could be undertaken, at the national and global level through area-specific research and micro-level studies involving local communities. The review paper explores some of the most pressing issues in the region pertaining to climate change, the status of research and initiatives by various stakeholders in the region and the gaps that still need to be addressed.

 

 

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