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Heterogeneity in Ethnoecological Knowledge and Management of Medicinal Plants in the Himalayas of Nepal: Implications for Conservation

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dc.contributor.author Ghimire, Suresh Kumar en_US
dc.contributor.author McKey, Doyle en_US
dc.contributor.author Aumeeruddy-Thomas, Yildiz en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:57:09Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:57:09Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-03 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-03 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3096
dc.description.abstract "The importance accorded to ethnoecological knowledge for suggesting new paths in scientific research, understanding ecological processes, and designing sustainable management of natural resources has grown in recent years. However, variation in knowledge and practices, both within and across cultures, has not been given much attention in resource management nor in developing scientific understanding of the ecological status of key resources. In this paper, we discuss the heterogeneity and complexity of local ecological knowledge in relation to its practical and institutional context with respect to management of Himalayan medicinal plants. We show factors affecting this variation, and discuss how knowledge is put into action. We assessed variation in knowledge relating to the diversity of medicinal plant species, their distribution, medicinal uses, biological traits, ecology, and management within and between two culturally different social groups living in villages located in the Shey-Phoksundo National Park and its buffer zone in northwestern Nepal. Heterogeneity in levels of knowledge and in practices both within and between these groups corresponds to differences in level of specialization in relation to medicinal plants, to socio-cultural and institutional contexts, and to extra-local factors that govern people's activities. We argue that understanding the heterogeneity of knowledge and practices within a given area is crucial to design management practices that build on the intricate links between knowledge, practices, and institutional context. It is also important to develop ecological studies that will best inform management." en_US
dc.subject local knowledge en_US
dc.subject resource management en_US
dc.subject natural resources en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject ecology en_US
dc.subject heterogeneity en_US
dc.subject protected areas en_US
dc.subject forest products en_US
dc.title Heterogeneity in Ethnoecological Knowledge and Management of Medicinal Plants in the Himalayas of Nepal: Implications for Conservation en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country Nepal en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.subject.sector Information & Knowledge en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 9 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 3 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth December en_US

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