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Title: Role of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in sustaining forest-based livelihoods: a case study of Ribdi village of West Sikkim, India
Authors: Pradhan, Prashanti
Singh, Mithilesh
Keywords: Himalayas;Medicinal plants;Non timber forest products (NTFPs);Sikkim;Traditional knowledge;Wild edibles
Issue Date: Jul-2019
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl.19: A61K 36/00, A61K 36/00, A01M 5/00, A61K 36/00, A61K 36/00, A23B 9/00
Abstract: The study aimed at documenting the indigenous knowledge on the use of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) by the local community of Ribdi village, West Sikkim, India. It also assesses the information on the important and frequently cited species for future sustainable management. The information was gathered through semi-structured interviews and questionnaire based household surveys. A total of 61 species belonging to 56 genera and 36 families were reported to be used as NTFPs. Asteraceae, Athyriaceae and Lauraceae were the dominating families with 4 species each with mainly tree type growth forms (47%). The highest numbers of species were used for medicinal purpose in curing many diseases and ailments. The Informant consensus factor (ICF) revealed the most used category among all, i.e., construction and handicrafts (0.62). The present study has thus documented the maximum use of Lithocarpus pachyphyllus, among all the species with highest value of Relative Frequency Citation (RFC) and Use Value (UV). In this investigation, local community dependence on forest resources for nutrition, health, food, and other daily use products was significant. This signifies the rich community knowledge about these resources. In addition, enhancing the capacity and awareness of local communities in NTFPs conservation, sustainable harvesting and value addition through training techniques can aid in sustainable development of the region.
Page(s): 595-609
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.18(3) [July 2019]

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