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Title: Need for systematic ethnozoological studies in the conservation of ancient knowledge systems of Nepal – a review
Authors: Lohani, Usha
Rajbhandari, Kishor
Shakuntala, Katre
Keywords: Ethnozoology
Himalayan landscape
Cultural diversity
Traditional knowledge
Issue Date: Oct-2008
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl. ⁸ : A61K
Abstract: Ethnozoology deals with the study of interrelationship between the primitive human societies and the animal resources around them. Different factors like strategic location of the country along the central and eastern Himalaya, topographical and the climatic variations have given rise to diverse and unique assemblages of flora and fauna. Equally diverse are the people (59 ethnic groups), who have been interacting with these resources from the very beginning to adapt in the difficult Himalayan landscape. The knowledge as related to use, management and conservation of the animal resources, acquired during this long course of interaction, is transmitted orally from one generation to the next without being documented anywhere. The knowledge if harnessed properly could prove to be a valuable asset, which could be integrated into the modern development projects for fruitful results. But there is growing trend of depletion of biodiversity as well as cultural diversity in the country. Therefore, it is urgent to initiate organized scientific study and document such valuable and time tested ethnozoological knowledge before these culturally rich people and important faunal resources disappear.
Page(s): 634-637
ISSN: 0972-5938
Source:IJTK Vol.07(4) [October 2008]

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