Health and Livelihood security through medicinal plants

          Koyna region lies in Western Ghats region of Maharashtra which is rich in biodiversity and considered as one of the biodiversity hotspots. The women, elderly people, local health practitioners (Vaidus), had considerable knowledge about plants available in their own land as well as in the forest. Due to lack of communication, transport facilities, people were totally dependent upon local  herbal  remedies. In recent years due to the developmental schemes, the lure of modern civilization has penetrated these areas. These rural people started discarding their traditions, including herbal remedies. The new young generation is unwilling to learn this knowledge because of attraction of modern medicines. The traditional use of plants as herbal remedies has further declined due to scarcity of herbs, which is caused by multifarious human activity coupled with biotic factors like Construction of Dam, grazing, illicit cuttings, over exploitation of valuable medicinal plants for commercial purposes, tourists and tourist development etc. and abiotic factors like earthquake, high rainfall and Landslides.

          TO conserve the biodiversity and related important traditional knowledge as well as to provide health and livelihood security to the rural poor from Koyna region SJSM adopted following methodology and implemented various programme.