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Conservation of Medicinal Plants Proceedings of an International Consultation 21-27 March 1988 Held at Chiang Mai, Thailand

Proceedings
By: Olayiwola Akerele(Editor), Vernon H Heywood(Editor), Hugh Synge(Editor)
362 pages, b/w illustrations, tables
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Nearly all cultures, from ancient times to today, have used plants as a source of medicine. In many developing countries, traditional medicine is still the mainstay of health care and most of the drugs and cures used come from plants. In developed countries many people are turning to herbal remedies. With this widespread use has come the assumption that plants identified as having medicinal qualities will be available on a continuing basis. However no concerted effort has been made to ensure this and in the face of the threats of increasing demand, a vastly increasing human population and extensive forest destruction, there can be no guarantee that we will continue to benefit indefinitely from this valuable resource. In light of this situation the World Health Organisation held a meeting in 1988. Conservation of Medicinal Plants is the outcome of that meeting, detailing in a series of papers by leading experts the problems of which need to be addressed, the existing experiences from a range of countries and the future direction which must be taken to ensure the conservation of the world's medicinal plants.

Contents

Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
The Chiang Mai Declaration

Part I. Introduction
1. Medicinal plants: policies and priorities / O. Akerele
2. The joint IUCN-WWF plants conservation programme and its interest in medicinal plants / O. Hamann

Part II. The Issue of Medicinal Plants
3. Global importance of medicinal plants / N. R. Farnsworth and D. D. Soejarto
4. Traditional knowledge of medicinal plants - the search for new jungle medicines / M. J. Plotkin
5. The reason for ethnobotanical conservation / R. E. Schultes

Part III. Science, Industry and Medicinal Plants
6. Valuing the biodiversity of medicinal plants / P. P. Principe
7. Economic aspects of exploitation of medicinal plants / A. Husain
8. Industry and the conservation of medicinal plants / A. Bonati
9. Information systems and databases for the conservation of medicinal plants / H. Synge and V. Heywood

Part IV. Techniques to Conserve Medicinal Plants
10. Agronomy applied to medicinal plant conservation / D. Palevitch
11. Biotechnology in the production and conservation of medicinal plants / H. M. Schumacher
12. Enhancing the role of protected areas in conserving medicinal plants / J. A. McNeely and J. W. Thorsell
13. Botanic gardens and the conservation of medicinal plants / V. Heywood
14. The role of Chinese botanical gardens in conservation of medicinal plants / He Shan-an and Cheng Zhong-ming

Part V. Policies to Conserve Medicinal Plants
15. Policies and organisation for medicinal plant conservation in Sri Lanka / W. J. M. Lokubandara
16. Experience in the conservation of medicinal plants in Sri Lanka / L. de Alwis
17. The conservation of medicinal plants used in primary health care in Thailand / Pricha Desawadi
18. Medicinal plants and the law / C. de Klemm
19. Let's stop talking to ourselves: the need for public awareness / P. S. Wachtel
20. Germplasm, genetic erosion and the conservation of Indonesian medicinal plants / M. A. Rifai and K. Kartawinata

Part VI. Experiences from Programmes to Conserve Medicinal Plants
21. Medicinal plants in India: approaches to exploitation and conservation / S. K. Alok
22. The Chinese approach to medicinal plants - their utilisation and conservation / Xiao Pei-gen
23. Conservation of medicinal plants in Kenya / J. O. Kokwaro
24. Complexity and conservation of medicinal plants: anthropological cases from Peru and Indonesia / C. Padoch, T. C. Jessup, H. Soedjito and K. Kartawinata
25. Utilisation of indigenous medicinal plants and their conservation in Bangladesh / A. S. Islam
26. Development of a conservation policy on commercially exploited medicinal plants: a case study from Southern Africa / A. B. Cunningham
27. Proposals for international collaboration / O. Akerele

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Proceedings
By: Olayiwola Akerele(Editor), Vernon H Heywood(Editor), Hugh Synge(Editor)
362 pages, b/w illustrations, tables
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