Uttarakhand News

Uttarakhand to conserve 34 rare and endangered plants found in Himalayas

The forest department in Uttarakhand have agreed to allocated 10% of its plantation solely to 34 identified plant species that have been classified as rare, endangered and threatened. These herbs include shankh pushpi (convolvus alsinoides), jatamaasi (nardostachys jatamansi), pristhaparni (uraria picta), sarpgandha (rauwolfia serpentina) and giloy (tinospora cordifolia) to name a few. According to the forest officials, these species will be planted in all 24 territorial forest division across 13 districts of the state.

The decision has been taken in the wake of growing impact of climate change, over-exploitation of some plant species and rampant use of aromatic and medicinal plants in treatments and therapies worldwide. The expertise of the village communities will also be a big help in conserving the rich biodiversity. The people in the hills have vast knowledge of these high-altitude medicinal plants. biodiversity conservation is urgently required and once this project is implemented, we are hopeful that we will enhance our knowledge further on rare plant species through interaction with local communities.

Inputs from Times of India, Original Report by Shivani Azad