The main objectives of this international symposium on policy are:
- To understand (exchange) the state of biodiversity conservation of medicinal plants at national level;
- To introduce multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoralpolicy- legal, administrative and implementation difficulties- regarding production and marketing of MAPs in India;
- To discuss different policy and institutional options, choices and framework suitable to support stable production, consumption and marketing system of the MAP and AYUSH sectors in India;
- To recommend multi-dimensional policy and regulatory mechanisms that are acceptable and implementable by different ministries;
- To ensure the practice of sustainable harvesting, quality processing, profitable cultivation, enterprise and infrastructure development, hassle free marketing and consumption in a transparently running MAP value and supply chains and
- Above all to focus on addressing the conservation issue linking it to support cultivation of MAPs by providing the status of ‘Agriculture Produce’ to MAPs cultivation.
Some of the expected outcomes of the Symposium envisaged:
- National MAP Conservation and Sustainable Use (NMCSU) Policy that can trigger policy development/reform at national and state level to be put in place within a year;
- Multi-stakeholder Task Force and Policy Implementation body to be set up to advise on implementation and monitoring of the MAP policy housed in the NMPB as its Secretariat;
- Regional MAP Information System developed and functional serving India’s multi-stakeholders with active linkages with the database of neighboring countries exporting large quantity of MAPs to India – principally SAARC countries;
- Regulatory and legal mechanisms and framework governing MAPs sub-sector reformed creating enabling environment for traders, manufactures, investors, entrepreneurs and NGOs to invest and work in the development of the MAP sub-sector;
- A multi-disciplinary approach for conservation and sustainable use of MAPs be adopted that will supply less expensive, safe and effective and efficacious MAP raw materials;
- Enhanced R&D activities that can help develop new bioactive products that can improve human and animal health in the pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetic, agricultural and food industries.
This emphasis on conservation, cultivation and marketing will provide continuity to the current approach on conservation by enhanced emphasis on trade and marketing for economic development especially in rural areas. The interconnected benefit of conservation and cultivation has implications for the economic wellbeing, social stability, and the survival of the diverse cultures in the region. The goods and services provided by MAPs support livelihoods of millions of people that is why their conservation and sustainable use is so important. The traditional use of these diverse resources not only reflects a diverse resource-use pattern, but also ways of maintaining livelihoods of people dependent on their ecosystems.
Project dates: 19-20 JANUARY, 2017
Project Assigning Agency-NATIONAL MEDICINAL PLANTS BOARD.