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Table 2 Major outcomes of RCMPCC's community-based programs

From: Local knowledge in community-based approaches to medicinal plant conservation: lessons from India

Major Outcome Levels of influence
Policy implication Village/Sub-district District (MPCA) State (RCMPCC) National Global
Documentation of traditional knowledge of medicinal plants from vaidus- both men and women
Systematic documentation created opportunities for collaborative research with TSM
Role of women vaidus recognized
Involvement of vaidus/VB in village development/conservation activities
Two local language booklets on ethno botanical information about plants and vaidus Systematic data base on 326 medicinal plants, 465 herbal formulations, Illness-specific database on 265 plants, herbarium record of 804 species Raw drugs formulations of 75 plants available for further scrutiny VB, Vaidus training institutionalized in GEF programs in nine states
Local assessment of Rare, Endangered and Threatened (RET) species
Potential of Local medicinal knowledge alongside TSM as inputs in official planning
Local monitoring by panchayats (village councils), LMCs, SHGs.
RET List maintained at two MPCA by local communities with the support of VBs/vaidus
Training of 36 selected VB and district forest officers on RET monitoring
Incorporating list in district working plans of Forest Department
Prioritized species identified and raised in seven forest nurseries of the state
Helped FD in species recovery and enrichment programs
Unique species highlighted Unique specie of Global importance identified at Leghapani MPCA
Recognition and use of vaidus
Official recognition of Local knowledge experts (restricted up to sub-state level)
Vaidus Involved in selection of appropriate seedlings in forest nurseries
Vaidus and VB got 'official' recognition to practice their knowledge
Employing vaidus as field guides/eco-tourism
Honouring VB/vaidus in two workshops
State level database of vaidus and village botanists according to their area of expertise (RCMPCC)
CAMP exercises
Display and dialogue with other national level vaidus through two national herbal expos Local vaidus guided ITTO (Japan) research scientists as research anchors in vegetation mapping
Opportunities for collaborative research
Collaborative Research mainly initiated at national/below level and often self-inspired/funded
A herbarium preparation techniques learned by VB and vaidus through botanists
Validation of vaidus/VB's local knowledge through sharing/exchange with botanists
Selected VB/vaidus as trainers for other MPCA selected
Study in sacred groves by RCMPCC
Market study of 22 medicinal plants
Biodiversity assessment of select MPCAs
RCMPCC as a resources institution in State medicinal Plant Board
Pilot project on standardization/cultivation processing of prioritized species in six MPCAs supported by Department of Science and Technology  
Transmission of folk knowledge facilitated
Systematic efforts for understanding transmission are lacking at State/National/Global levels
People Biodiversity register at one village
Herbarium sheets demonstration in three schools
11 demo gardens, 10 interpretation center highlighting contributions of VB/vaidus,40 home herbal gardens   Ministry of tribal affairs supported study on people's biodiversity register  
  1. Source: self-compiled