Environment protection through Conservation and promotion of Tharu indigenous knowledge of using Medicinal Plants support Project


UNYC Nepal has been conducting "Environment Protection through Conservation, Promotion and Development of Tharu Indigenous Knowledge of using Medicinal Plants practices Program" on the financial support of Global Environment Facility/Small Grant Programme (GEF/SGP, UNDP). The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed in between UNYC Nepal and UNOPS/GEF/SGP on 9 December, 2011. It will be completed after 18 months effective from date of sign by both parties on project documents.



The main objective of this program is to facilitate for conserving environment through protection, promotion and development of Tharu indigenous knowledge of using medicinal plants for medicinal purposes in direct participation of Baidawa, Guruwa and indigenous Tharu. Other specific objectives are -

a) To facilitate for establishing Tharu Baidawa system as a perfect practices of curing sick people as per rural local need and priorities.

b) To document Tharu indigenous knowledge of using medicinal plants.


Location of Project

The main project locations are Dhadhawar and Thakurdwara VDC of Bardiya district. It will also be activated people from surrounding VDC and/or village in different activities of this project.

Target group

The main target groups of this program are Baidawa, Guruwa and tharu indigenous who are living in the Dhadhawar and Thakurdwara VDC. We are also enrolling to forest conservation groups, other VDCs, local community related sourrunding VDC.

Planned Main Activities

  1. Selection of at least one Community Forest Conservation Committee and/or Medicinal plant conservation groups
  2. Orientation training for getting importance of medicinal plants: 3 events, 75p, 2d
  3. Orientation Training of Sustainable harvesting and storing of Medicinal plants: 3 events, 75p, 3d
  4. Medicinal plant farming supports: at least 3 types
  5. TOT on Integration of scientific knowledge in Tharu medicinal plant practices: 1 event, 10p, 5d
  6. Capacity building training for Baidawa and Guruwa: 1event, 15p, 4d
  7. Equipment support: 2 sets
  8. Interaction workshop for policy intervention of community forest conservation committee and other sectors: 2 VDC and 1 District level
  9. Conference of Baidawa and Guruwa: 1 event, 50 male and female, 2 days

Expected output

  1. The knowledge of Sustainable harvesting of medicinal plant helps to protect environment projection
  2. Minimum 3 types of medicinal plants will be planted in blocks for commercial and community benefits. It will be replicated in future.
  3. 10 Tharu medicinal practitioners (Baidawa) will get TOT training on integration of scientific knowledge on Tharu medicinal plant using practice.
  4. 15 male and female Baidawa and Guruwa will get 5 days training for their capacity building.
  5. 1 conference enrolling minimum 50 Baidawa and Guruwa will be accomplished and form welfare committee will also be formed.
  6. A team of expert will be hired, who will prepare manual of TOT training and document indigenous medicinal practices of Tharu.
  7. It will be prepared huge inventory of practice of using medicinal plants by Tharu and will also be published.
  8. types of movie documentary of Tharu Medicinal practice of Baidawa and Guruwa will be prepared.


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