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Medicinal Plants of Dolpo: Amchis’ Knowledge and Conservation

Suresh K. Ghimire (Author) Yeshi Choden Lama (Author) Yildiz Aumeeruddy-Thomas (Author)
Synopsis This book is an outcome of field work involving scientists and local experts involved in the WWF Nepal Program and People and Plants applied ethnobotany project, which is a component of the Northern Mountains Conservation Project implemented in cooperation with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in Shey Phoksundo National Park and its buffer zone in north-west Nepal. The book attempts to bring together the traditional knowledge of the Amchis of Dolpo related to the ecology, management and sustainable use of medicinal plants. It is also an attempt to promote the exchange of knowledge between the Amchis of the Himalayan region, as well as with other resource stakeholders, in order to further conservation and the sustainable use of medicinal plants. The book has three parts: Part I describes the medical and ethno-ecological knowledge and practices of the Amchis; Part II discusses the relationship between conservation, health care and the trade of medicinal plants; and Part III contains descriptions of selected medicinal plants that are most important in terms of their use by the Amchis, their conservation significance and economic value.
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About the authors

Suresh K. Ghimire

Suresh Kumar Ghimire is an Assistant Lecturer at the Central Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University. He received his Masters Degree in Botany from Tribhuvan University in 1992. His major fields of interest are biodiversity, environment, systematics, phytogeography and ethnobotany. Since 1996, he has worked as a consultant for WWF Nepal Program. He has supervised eight M.Sc. level theses and published about 20 papers in national and international journals/publications. He was awarded the Krishna Chandra Regmi Award of Tribhuvan University in 1995.

Yeshi Choden Lama

Yeshi Choden Lama is a staff at WWF Nepal Program and is involved in projects implemented by WWF in and around Nepal’s protected areas. With a background in Sociology-Anthropology, her main interest lies inj understanding the interrelationship between cultures and their environment to further conservation of culture and biodiversity, as well as promote sustainable living in areas of high biological and cultural significance.

Yildiz Aumeeruddy-Thomas

Yildiz Aumeeruddy-Thomas is the technical and scientific advisor for the WWF Nepal Program People and Plants project at Shey Phoksundo National Park in Dolpa. She has a PhD in Terrestrial Ecology and Botany from the University of Montpellier, France. Her main area of research is ethnobiology inj relation to plant conservation and ecosystem management. She has worked for the UNESCO, WWF, R.B.G. Kew People and Plants initiative for the development of Ethnobotany applied to conservation and development, primarily as a Coordinator of the UNESCO/ICIMOD Ethnobotany Project in the Hindu Kush Himalayas for UNESCO since 1995, and as Regional Coordinator of the Himalayan Programme for WWF since 1997. In addition, she is now running a regional project for the development of wise practices on the theme “Himalayan Medicinal Plants in Trade”.

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Bibliographic information

Title Medicinal Plants of Dolpo: Amchis’ Knowledge and Conservation
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher WWF Nepal Program
Language: English
isbn 9993394017
length xvi+150p., Tables; Figures; Plates; Maps; Notes; Index; 25cm.