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Ethnobotanical study at Bacheli Iron Ore Mines of Dantewada, South Bastar, Chhattisgarh, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Development Research Communication and Services Centre (DRCSC), Bosepukur, Kasba, Kolkata-700042, India
  • 2School of Environmental Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata-700032, India
  • 3Vidyasagar College, Kolkata, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 7, Issue (4), Pages 7-12, April,10 (2018)

Abstract

Forests of Chhattisgarh is rich in biodiversity but are subjected to degradation due to several anthropogenic activities; one such activity is mining of iron ore. Although prevalence of biotic factors are noticed, the area rests with plenty full of plants in its vicinity where 64 plants in 32 families were identified with its ethnobotanical significance and immense medicinal values. 20 plants were recorded for economic importance in the study area while five species were recorded under Rare Endangered Extinct and Threatened (REET). In our study, dependencies of local people on forests were highly noticed and it's an opportunity to focus their traditional knowledge and culture that could play an essential role in forest resource management and biodiversity conservation through community participation. This would also provide scope for sustainable use of ethnobotanical plants to solve health problem.

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