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Possible consequences of recent Supreme Court Eviction order on folk medicinal knowledge-A statistical analysis

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Botany, Bhupal Noble´s University Udaipur 313001, India
  • 2Department of Botany, Bhupal Noble´s University Udaipur 313001, India

Res. J. Agriculture & Forestry Sci., Volume 8, Issue (2), Pages 40-44, April,8 (2020)

Abstract

In this work, we have presented the significance of the socio-cultural association of tribes with the forest. The 13th February 2019 Supreme Court(SC) order addressing the eviction of ~ 11 lakh of tribes and other forest dwellers under the Forest rights act (FRA) 2006 spread threat to the lives and health of these communities. Since, tribes/forest dwellers manage, protect, and nurture the forests where they reside for ages; they are the better and prime entity to look after their environments and have knowledge and motivations to protect forests than anyone else. This order may detriment the traditional knowledge of folk medicine and may disrupt well-established socio-cultural-ecological bonding. We have also given a statistical overview of total forest land, rural tribal population, and claim rejections under FRA-2006 along with quantitative descriptions of traditional medicinal knowledge hold by indigenous people in different sectors of India.

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