Submission
ID 77277
Submitting Entity Global Environment Facility Program The World Bank
 
Main Information
Title Capitalizing on the Bio-Economic Value of Multi-Purpose Medicinal Plants for the Rehabilitation of Drylands in Sub-Saharan Africa
Description Today, some of Africa’s most disadvantaged people live in dryland regions, where in the past they maintained a vibrant culture that was essentially in dynamic equilibrium with their environment. However, with growing populations and borders that limit traditional migratory movement, the pressure on semi-arid lands has reached a critical stage and these lands are now less able to support existing populations. Nevertheless, what looks like a problem actually provides a niche opportunity for countries with drylands to reverse land degradation and advance rural development. The residents of these areas have always relied on the sparse endemic vegetation for their healthcare needs and as a source of food security during famines and droughts. The present review builds upon the recognition that such lands support a unique biota that offers local residents important land rehabilitation and medicinal properties and values not only for their own needs, but for an increasing global demand. These multi-purpose medicinal plants, including trees, shrubs and herbs, would not only fill both a local niche market but also have great potential for a global market.
Web Link /doc/case-studies/inc/cs-inc-medplants-en.pdf
 
Additional Information
Authors John D. H. Lambert Per A. Ryden John D. H. Lambert, Per A. Ryden, Enos E. Esikuri
Countries Burkina Faso
Niger
Namibia
Botswana
Ecosystems Dry and Sub-Humid Lands Biodiversity
Regions Africa
Incentive Measures Indirect Incentives (property rights, market creation)
Keywords Market creation (organic production, tourism, ...)
 
 
  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme