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Proceedings of the National Seminar on Traditional Knowledge and Social Practices Promoting Biodiversity Conservation


This compendium of 30 papers, presented at a national seminar, organized by Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata, attempts to examine the different aspects of traditional knowledge and social practices which promote biodiversity conservation. It deals with the traditional knowledge used for oral hygiene of rural people, medicinal uses of plants by the tribal people, traditional knowledge of fishermen communities, and traditional management practices for aquaculture.

It also discusses at length the indigenous knowledge on nomenclature of freshwater wetlands, the issues of patenting of traditional knowledge, farmers’ folk knowledge, indigenous hill farming systems, ethno-medicinal plants, the concept of biodiversity conservation in Indian religions, traditional nature-based culture, conservation of plant species through age-old religious and social practices, and people’s role in maintaining microorganisms in a metropolitan canal.

Contents: I. Traditional knowledge: 1. Traditional knowledge regarding oral hygiene of rural people of Purulia District in West Bengal/Biplob Kumar Modak and Saugata Basu. 2. Traditional knowledge on medicinal uses of plants by the tribal people of Birbhum District, West Bengal, India/Uday Das and Chowdhury Habibur Rahaman. 3. Traditional knowledge of fishermen communities of Sundarban, West Bengal/S.K. Pramanik and N.C. Nandi. 4. Traditional management practices for aquaculture in East Kolkata Wetlands, West Bengal/Sayanee Saha. 5. Indigenous knowledge on nomenclature of freshwater wetlands of West Bengal/N.C. Nandi and Mousumi Roy. 6. Patenting of traditional knowledge/Lakshmi Ganesan. 7. Farmer’s folk knowledge on multiple use system of freshwater wetlands of West Bengal/N.C. Nandi and A.K. Das. 8. Indigenous hill farming systems supporting biodiversity conservation in northeast India/T.K. Pal and Jhikmik Dasgupta. 9. Plants and animals of ethnomedicinal values of Singbhum plateau, Jharkhand, India/Shilpi Kumari and M.C. Mahata. 10. Medicinal uses of some epiphytic plants used by santal and other tribes of Kaptipada (Udala) subdivision in Mayurbhanj District, Odisha, India/Kalpana Mohanta and M.C. Mahata. 11. Ethnomedicinal plants of Bankura District, West Bengal/Sayani Biswas and Ambarish Mukherjee. 12. Some medicinal plants as documented from tribal dominated areas of Ayodhya hills (Purulia: West Bengal) and vicinity/Soma Chanda and Ambarish Mukherjee. 13. Common folkloric medicinal practices among Kora-mudi tribes of Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal/Priyanka Halder (Mallick) Subasish Mukherjee and Manojit Bhattacharya. 14. Ethnomedicinal uses of plants by the tribal and nontribal people of Bolpur subdivision of Birbhum District, West Bengal/Sathi Saha, Suman Kalyan Mandal and Chowdhury Habibur Rahaman. 15. Phytoresources as documented from Garkella Kherobari and Gourangapur Forest areas under Durgapur Forest Range, Burdwan District, West Bengal/Tripti Bouri and Ambarish Mukherjee. 16. Crustacean bioresources of ethnomedicinal value/M.K. Dev Roy. 17. Ethnomedicinal usage of animals as drugs among the tribals of Sundarban, West Bengal, India/Anirudha Dey. 18. Biodiversity as recorded from indigenous societies of Nabagram Gram Panchayat area, Burdwan District, West Bengal/Anasua Roy, Siuli Batabyal, Sayantan Mukherjee and Papiya Ghosh. II. Social Practices: 19. Concept of biodiversity conservation in Indian religions/A. Mohapatra. 20. Traditional nature-based culture and forest festivals of Chhotanagpur plateau areas, India/Archana Banerjee. 21. Conservation of plant species through age-old religious and social practices in southern West Bengal/Amalendu Chatterjee and Ratna Chatterjee (Sharma). 22. Plant and animal species worshipped in traditional festivals of Jharkhand plateau, India/M.C. Mahata and Kalpana Mohanta. 23. Pakshitirtham pilgrimage and concern for conservation of birds/R.S. Murthy and Rituparna Nandi. 24. Social practices required for sparrow conservation/Nirmala Tripathi and Rittika Pandey. 25. People’s role on conservation of nesting habitat of meropid birds in sandy river bank soil/Debkumar Datta and Hiranmay Saha. 26. People’s role in maintaining microorganisms in a metropolitan canal/Debkumar Datta and Sudip Chakraborty. 27. Worship of Euphorbia neriifolia Linn. (Family: Euphorbiaceae) in Hooghly and Howrah districts of West Bengal/Saugata Basu and Biplob Kumar Modak. 28. Elephant rejuvenation programme of Guruvyur temple trust, Kerala/Bindu L. and Shaji C. 29. Study of biodiversity of Nabastha I Gram Panchayat, Burdwan District, West Bengal and its conservational perspectives through local rituals and cultural implications/Papiya Ghosh, Ambarish Mukherjee and Goutam Chandra. 30. Human beings as one of the factor for survival of larger mammals in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan/P.L. Kankane.

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Title Proceedings of the National Seminar on Traditional Knowledge and Social Practices Promoting Biodiversity Conservation
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788181713681
length x+248p., 8 Pages of Plates; Illustrations; 28 Colour Plates; 20 B/W Figures; 4 Maps