Nandadevi BiosphereReserveNandadevi Biosphere Programme:
Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve including Nanda Devi National Park and the Valley of Flowers National Park was declared as Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere (MAB) programme. The NDBR has been included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
A Pilot project supported by UNESCO “Conserving plant genetic resources through empowering women using alternative media in Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (NDBR) in Uttarakhand” was implemented with the objectives to make the women aware of the threats to the genetic resources in the area and motivate them for conservation in the wild as well as by cultivating some of the species for which, agro-technologies have already been developed. In addition to conservation, this project also equipped the women with awareness upon sustainable alternative livelihoods. Fourteen villages, including both tribal as well as non-tribal practicing migration were selected for project implementation.
Jangal aur Jan is Hindi publication which enlists more than 60 plants from Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve used as medicines, condiments, dyes, lesser-known fruits and crops or having some cultural importance. Some of these are now endangered or threatened. The book also provides information on the indigenous knowledge about the NTFPs, their uses and conservation practices including the cultivation techniques. Written in a very simple language, this book is presented in a dialogue form for the women. It also documents many Folk songs narrating the importance of plant genetic resources.
Sarankshan hetu Sashaktikaran: Vaikalpik Sanchar – ek vikalp is a brochure in Hindi which is useful for the local groups involved in promoting alternative media for conservation of nature. The brochure highlights the importance of genetic resources and the need for their conservation. It provides tips to develop messages for conservation of plants and animals for performances by the local groups performing alternative media.
Audio CD of Environment Songs was also developed through UNESCO’s support in Garhwali.
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