Development of NTFPs Sector for Income Generation and Environmental Conservation


  • Manju Sundriyal Uttarakhand Science Education and Research Centre (USERC), Department of Information and Science Technology, Govt. of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, India



Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), Livelihood, Wild Edible Plants, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Bamboo and Ringal.


Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) are amongst the key global commodi-
ties and an important component of international trade. They are important
in livelihoods of rural people all over the Himalayan region for meeting
food, medicine, construction materials, and income needs of subsistence
communities. The sector needs focused developmental planning that can
bring substantial economic and environmental benefit in the Uttarakhand
state. Based on an extensive analysis of three important categories of NTFPs,
viz. medicinal plants, edible wild plants, and bamboo this paper highlights
potential of this sector for food security, income generation and environ-
mental conservation by adopting a pro-people approach in Uttarakhand state.
Suggestions have been provided for improving the existing framework and
programmes that can maximize economic, social, cultural and ecological


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Author Biography

Manju Sundriyal, Uttarakhand Science Education and Research Centre (USERC), Department of Information and Science Technology, Govt. of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, India

Manju Sundriyal, M.Sc, Ph.D. (Botany), is a senior scientist in Uttrakhnad
Science Education and Research Centre (USERC) and specializes in Ethnob-
otany and Rural livelihoods. She has extensively worked on wild edible plants
and bamboos in the eastern and western Himalayan region. She has been
conferred Young Scientist and Women Scientist Scholarships by Department
of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and is also recipient of Senior
Research Associateship (Pool Scientist) of CSIR, Govt. of India.
Besides she has been honored with the “Young Scientist” award in
Botany by the Uttarakhnad Council of Science and Technology during IInd
Science Congress in 2007.
To her credit she has many research papers published in national and
international journals. At present she is focusing on projects on rural liveli-
hoods, empowerment of rural communities particularly rural women through
training and capacity building. Her goal is to promote local resource based
sustainable livelihood development for the Himalayan communities.


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Sundriyal, M. (2021). Development of NTFPs Sector for Income Generation and Environmental Conservation. Journal of Graphic Era University, 9(1), 83–104.