KATHMANDU, Nepal- The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) joined hands with Dabur Nepal to promote herbal medicinal and aromatic plants from the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.
The ICIMOD has planned an herbal garden at ICIMOD Knowledge Park at Godavari that will facilitate research and development and act as a learning centre with demonstrations, hands-on training, and information sharing.
“Under the partnership, experts from Dabur and ICIMOD will bring to bear their significant resources and experience to establish an herbal garden at ICIMOD Knowledge Park at Godavari,” ICIMOD said.
According to ICIMOD, the technologies, approaches, and practices showcased in the garden will help students, researchers, government line agencies, universities, and industries working with herbal medicinal and aromatic plants.
The 30-hectare Knowledge Park is a repository for important biodiversity resources and a practical venue for testing sustainable technologies and farming practices and demonstrating them to farmers, researchers, students, and development practitioners, informed ICIMOD.
Activities at the Park are carried out in the areas of renewable energy, water, vegetation, and soil management, livestock and aquaculture, income generation, biodiversity conservation, training and community outreach.
David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD, said that the private sector is an important development partner for achieving impact and, as users of mountain resources, the private sector has a critical role to play in ensuring the long-term green economic growth of the region and in protecting its invaluable resources and biodiversity.
Dabur Nepal is promoting the cultivation of critically-endangered species across 24 districts in Nepal and through 50 cooperatives to transform the livelihoods of farmers through herbal farming as an alternative source of income.
Dabur Nepal will provide the initial establishment costs, technical assistance, planting materials, and maintenance and ICIMOD will provide the space.