Implemented by the Karnataka Forest Department, Sanctioned by the NMPB, New Delhi.


1. In-situ conservation of Medicinal Plants in Forest Areas of Karnataka (Project cost - Rs.90.00 lakhs).

This project lays emphasis on in-situ conservation of areas which have sizeable population of important species which may also, broadly be called, flag-ship species of Karnataka. Seven such species have been earmarked for in-situ conservation during the first phase.
Each Medicinal Plants Conservation Areas (MPCA) will be named after the specified species.
The project period is 5 years. (2007-08 to 2011-12). The project is implemented with the technical assistance of the FRLHT and Karnataka Medicinal Plants Authority (KAMPA)

Progress of the Project:

In the 1st phase 3 species selected which are indigenous to Karnataka they are:

  1. Saraca asoca - Deputy Conservator of Forests, Belgaum has identified 50 Ha area for this species at other places the work is under progress.
  2. Coscinum fenestratum - An area of 100 Ha in Yellapur division has been identified by Conservator of Forests, Research Dharwad. The work is under progress at other places.
  3. Vateria indica - Conservator of Forests, Mangalore circle has identified the areas for this species.

 

2. Resource Augmentation of Medicinally Important Trees in Karnataka (Moist Areas) (Project cost - 307.468 Lakh).

It is proposed to allot 100 Ha for each species in reserve forests non-forest Govt. land and also private land if available. This works out to 300 Ha for the project.
Three main tree species have been selected for raising plantations, two herbs and two shrubs are also included in intensive plantations between rows.

Progress of the Project:

Conservation of Forests, Kanara Circle, Sirsi has submitted proposal for the species of Saraca asoca, and the work is under progress. For remaining 3 species proposal not yet submitted.

 

3. Resource Augmentation of Medicinally Important Trees in Karnataka (Dry Areas)(Project cost - 186.165 Lakhs).

It is proposed to allot 125 Ha per species. For 4 species this works out to 500 Ha for the project. This project includes the drier areas of Karnataka.

Five tree species have been selected for raising plantations.

  1. Pterocarpus marsupium: Plantations of this species in an extent 125 Ha has been raised during the current 2009 rains in Dharwad Division.
  2. Bosewellia serrata: Plantations of this species in an extent of 25 Ha has been raised during the current 2009 rains Bellery Division.
  3. Semecarpus anacardium: Plantations of this species in an extent of 25 Ha has been raised during the current 2009 rains in Belgum District.
  4. Stereospermum chelonoides: Deputy Conservator of Forest, Gadag Division, Gadag has been asked to start the work.
  5. Pterocarpus santalinum: No proposals have been received so far from the field officers for this species.

4. Saraca asoca - Promotion and Conservation of this Endangered Medicinal Plant in the Western Ghats (Project Cost - 25,000 Lakhs).

Officers have been instructed to implement the works under this project by involving Eco-development committees and village forest committees. Saraca asoca plantations have been raised in an extent of 50 Ha during 2008 rains (40 Ha in Kudremukh wild life division and 10 Ha in Dharwad division and plantations in an extent of 10 Ha in Kudremukh wild life division has been raised during 2009 rains.


5. Conservation & Propagation Of Rare/Endangered /Threatened Medicinal Plants In Hirekalgudda State Forest Of Arasikere Range (Project cost - 30lac).

The main component of the project involves In-situ conservation of Threatened and Endangered medicinal plants (17 sps) in 6000Ha and Ex-situ conservation of selected medicinal plants in the village that are depended on Hirekalgudda reserve forest by encouraging the farmers growing medicinal plants in agricultural land, kitchens, herbal gardens and wastelands.
Creating awareness among the rural people particularly women groups regarding conservation, cultivation and sustainable use of medicinal plants

Progress of the Project:

  1. Development & maintenance of nursery,
  2. Distribution of seedlings to farmers.
  3. Conservation of medicinal plants.



6. Rejuvenation of Medicinal Herbs, Shrubs and plants in Balegere (Project cost - 17lac) .

Conservation, development, propagation and protection of Endangered, Extinct herbal medicinal plants and Plantation of important tree species(Species are Lalchandna , Bahera, Dalchini etc)

Progress of the Project:

  1. Maintenance of Medicinal plants: 5000 seedlings planted
  2. Conservation of medicinal plants

 

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