Tropical dry evergreen forests in India protected by religious and cultural beliefs
June 9, 2008
Surveying plant diversity and flowering and fruiting events, the team of Indian researchers from Pondicherry University classified the state of tropical dry evergreen forest across 75 sites.
"We classified the sites based on the level of species diversity, human interactions and efforts made for site protection into relatively undisturbed, moderately disturbed and much disturbed," the researchers told mongabay.com. "More importantly plants of medicinal value were listed out and their local traditional knowledge documented.
The authors recommend forest protection initiatives for diverse sites with limited disturbance and restoration strategies using native plant species in moderately and heavily disturbed areas. Parthasarathy and colleagues suggest that "revitalizing the cultural traditions associated with sacred groves by promoting awareness of the ecological and bioresource values of tropical dry evergreen forest" would help the conservation effort.
N. Parthasarathy, M. Arthur Selwyn and M. Udayakumar (2008). Tropical dry evergreen forests of peninsular India: ecology and conservation significance. Tropical Conservation Science Vol. 1(2): 89-110, 2008