Use of plants by the people of Nepal: ethnobotany
The Nepal Biodiversity Strategy ([NBS] 2002) highlights the importance of indigenous knowledge, stating “There is an urgent need to identify and document indigenous knowledge through proper research approaches; ethnobiology has a great potential for contributing to Himalayan biodiversity conservation.” NBS (2002, section 5.1.17) states that the aims of Biodiversity Registration are to:
- document the rich traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples
- share local knowledge of bioresources with other communities in the country and abroad for mutual benefit
- conserve local traditional knowledge for the sustainable utilisation and equitable sharing of the benefits of natural resources through the active support and participation of local communities.
Rajbhandari, K. R. (2001). Ethnobotany of Nepal. Ethnobotany Society of Nepal; Kathmandu.