Medicinal plant industry can boost green jobs growth in Nepal


The growing global demand for medicinal and aromatic plants could help drive Nepal’s green economy, according to a new study from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboraion with the Government of Nepal.

The study focuses on the cultivation, processing and trade of high-value medicinal and aromatic plants, which are found in the forests and grasslands of the mountains in the northern part of the country.

More than 100 types of medicinal and aromatic plants are harvested in Nepal and traded in international markets. In 2009 they were exported at a value of $9.8 million.

“By harvesting these plants sustainably, and improving their value-added activity so collectors receive a fair share of the profits, the trade could contribute to social equity, environmental conservation and economic prosperity,” said UNEP Programme Officer Asad Naqvi.

Read more and download the publication: BioTrade in Nepal:  Harnessing the potential for transitioning to a green economy – The Case of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Nepal

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