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Equator Initiative Case Study - Medicinal Plants Conservation Centre

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Medicinal Plants Conservation Centre encourages conservation, supports local livelihoods and improves the health of rural communities in the Indian state of Maharashtra, focusing on the revitalization of traditional health practices and use of medicinal plants. In cooperation with the state Forest Department, and with local communities in the lead, MPCC uses nurseries and commercial herbal production centers to sell sustainably cultivated medicinal plants.
The organization oversees a network of 13 medicinal plant conservation areas, which cover an area of over 200 ha. Local management committees have formed to manage nurseries, and seed funds are provided to initiate production of herbal drugs as a local enterprise. The establishment of nurseries, demonstration plots, nature trails, and ecotourism sites has helped restore traditional health knowledge and folk traditions associated with medicinal plants. The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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