Environmentalist

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 137–144 | Cite as

Biodiversity Conservation in the Thar Desert; with Emphasis on Endemic and Medicinal Plants

  • T.I. Khan
  • Anil K. Dular
  • Deepika M. Solomon
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Abstract

The Indian desert, the Thar Desert, has its own importance and specific characteristics with respect to endemic and medicinal plants. Forty-five plant species are considered to be rare and/or endangered. The desert has a large number of plants of economic importance and medicinal use. The Thar Desert is thickly populated in comparison to other hot deserts of the world. 17.44 million people and 23.33 million livestock are recorded from the region. These populations exert pressure on the biological resources of the Thar Desert causing a lack of sustainability and necessitate conservation of biodiversity actions.

endemic plants medicinal plants endangered species biodiversity conservation Thar Desert 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T.I. Khan
    • 1
  • Anil K. Dular
    • 1
  • Deepika M. Solomon
    • 1
  1. 1.Indira Gandhi Centre for HEEPSUniversity of RajasthanJaipurIndia

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