Biodiversity and Conservation

, 18:3441 | Cite as

The potential of certification for conservation and management of wild MAP resources

  • Rajasri BhattacharyyaEmail author
  • Aparna Asokan
  • Prodyut Bhattacharya
  • Ram Prasad
Original Paper


Medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) are an integral part of our biodiversity. In majority of MAP rich countries, wild collection practices are the livelihood options for a large number of rural peoples and MAPs play a significant role in socio-economic development of their communities. Recent concern over the alarming situation of the status of wild MAP resources, raw material quality, as well as social exploitation of rural communities, leads to the idea of certification for MAP resource conservation and management. On one hand, while MAP certification addresses environmental, social and economic perspectives of MAP resources, on the other hand, it ensures multi-stakeholder participation in improvement of the MAP sector. This paper presents an overview of MAP certification encompassing its different parameters, current scenario (Indian background), implementation strategies as well as stakeholders’ role in MAP conservation. It also highlights Indian initiatives in this direction.


Medicinal plants Participatory conservation Resource management Certification Certification standards 



Authors acknowledge the financial assistance from National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB), New Delhi, India. Authors wish to extend their thanks to anonymous reviewers for their suggestions to improve the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rajasri Bhattacharyya
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Aparna Asokan
    • 1
  • Prodyut Bhattacharya
    • 1
  • Ram Prasad
    • 1
  1. 1.International Centre for Community Forestry (ICCF)Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM)BhopalIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Ecological ScienceIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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