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Target 13: Local Resources and Knowledge
The Decline of Plant Resources, and Associated Indigenous and Local Knowledge, Innovations and Practices that Support Sustainable Livelihoods, Local Food Security and Health Care, Halted
Plant diversity underpins livelihoods, food security and health care.
This target is consistent with one of the widely agreed international development targets, namely to “ensure that current trends in the loss of environmental resources are effectively reversed at both global and national levels by 2015”.
It is recommended feasible to halt the decline by 2010 and subsequently to reverse the decline.
Relevant plant resources and methods to address their decline are largely site specific and thus implementation must be locally driven. The scope of the target is understood to encompass plant resources and associated ethnobotanical knowledge. Measures to address the decline in associated indigenous and local knowledge should be implemented consistent with the Convention’s programme of work on Article 8(j) and related provisions.
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Zulu Medicinal Plants
This inventory of nearly 1000 plants used in Zulu traditional medicine is based on a survey dating from the late-19th century to the present.
Ethnobotany: A Methods Manual (Gary J Martin, 2004)
This book is part of Earthscan's successful "People and Plants Conservation" Series, and is a basic introduction to the practice and uses of ethnobotany (study of the classification, use and management of plants). Ethnobotany is critical to developing new crops and the medicinal use of plants.