3 Day training Program on “Greenhouse gas (GHG) Inventory for Industries and Air Quality Prediction” during March 4-6, 2016
World Wetlands Day - 2nd February 2016
World Environment Day celebration at Raahgiri
RE-ENVIS 2016-17: Seminar on “Renewable Energy: Sustaining Green Future”
World Environment Day Celebration, 2017
World Ozone Day Celebration, 2017
World Environment Day 2018
Green Skill Development Programme on Sustain and Enhance Technical Knowledge in Solar Energy Systems
Successful completion of first batch of Green Skill Development Programme on Sustain and Enhance Technical Knowledge in Solar energy Systems
RE-ENVIS 2019
Seminar on “Climate Change and Desertification: Renewable Energy Solutions for Enhancing Mitigation Potential in Rajasthan”
TERI ENVIS is conducting its annual seminar in Lakshadweep.
TERI ENVIS is conducting its annual seminar in Lakshadweep.
A Seminar on Impact of climate change in Lakshadweep: Mitigating climate change using sustainable sources in Lakshadweep
Green Skill Development Programme on “Sustainable and Enhance Technical Knowledge on Solar Energy System” at Banda, UP
Green Skill Development Programme on “Sustainable and Enhance Technical Knowledge on Solar Energy System” at Kanpur, UP
Green Skill Development Programme on “Sustainable and Enhance Technical Knowledge on Solar Energy System” at Varanasi, UP
Webinar on Present Scenario of Clean Energy Opportunities and Impacts of Green Skill Development Training
Webinar on Waste Management under COVID 19: Challenges and Solutions
Webinar on “Conservation of Medicinal Plants, Enhancing Nutrition and Developing Immunity against diseases”
World Environment Day 2020
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Seminar on “RE-ENVIS 2015” -Ecological Aspects of Renewable Energy Development in India
SUBJECT : Conservation of Medicinal Plants, Enhancing Nutrition and Developing Immunity against diseases 

ENVIS Resource Partner at TERI (The Energy and Resources institute), a member of ENVIS Network and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change organized a webinar on ‘Conservation of Medicinal Plants, Enhancing Nutrition and Developing Immunity against diseases’ on 4th June 2020 at 11:30 hrs -13:00 hrs. The session aimed at identifying the threat or the challenges faced by the resources due to over extraction of medicinal plants and lack of recognition of traditional knowledge. The speakers also discussed the successful ways of conservation of such resources by each individual and the measures taken by our government in this aspect.

The webinar was facilitated by the eminent speakers from various sectors like researchers, academicians and policy makers who are experts on Medicinal plants and its conservation.

The list of faculty includes:

Dr JLN Sastry, CEO, National Medicinal Plant Board, Government of India,

Dr J V Sharma, Director, Land Resources Division, TERI,

Dr. P K Bhattaharya, Senior Fellow, Associate Director & ENVIS Coordinator, TERI,

Dr Anjali Parasnis, Senior Fellow & Associate Director, TERI,

Dr Yogesh Gokhale, Senior Fellow, TERI,

Ms Pallavi Shukla, Associate Fellow & Programme officer, TERI ENVIS

and other ENVIS staff members were present on this occasion.

Major points discussed in the webinar are:

·         The programme started with the introduction of the ENVIS scheme and its objectives to protect Environment by various initiatives. Activities of TERI ENVIS had been discussed. Biodiversity loss is one of the major tragedies that the world is facing right now, on other hand India is rich in Medicinal plants but the major concern is to conserve them. Speakers of the webinar  enlightened us about the challenges and ways to prevent loss of medicinal plants. Major issues raised to discuss further were:

ü  Unsustainable harvesting of medicinal plants.

ü  Lack of ground level assessment.

ü  Lack of standard material used by farmers.

ü  Inadequate regulatory mechanisms and governance issues

·         Speakers discussed the overview of the plants that are majorly used, around 7 to 8 thousand species documented as medicinal use and approx. 350 kinds of species used by the industry. Scenario of Ministry AYUSH for 2023-25 has been discussed which will help to increase the income of the farmers/local community and tribes. There is a need for the capacity building of farmers, industrialists and research for quality check of medicinal plants, raw materials, good storage practices, collection practices, harvesting etc.

·         About 1622 medicinal plants species are used by the domestic herbal industry and traded as raw drug, highly traded medicinal plants are Aloe Vera and Amla. Speakers also shared few case studies about the unsustainable harvesting which leads to Forest degradation. There is a need to make sustainable livelihood protocol and usage of traditional knowledge to conserve medicinal plants.

·         Speakers discussed Nutritional and traditional knowledge on Nutraceuticals and medicines. Rural/tribal populations have traditionally relied on wild edibles strengthening their nutritional security, tribal communities of Jawhar and Palghar, Maharashtra are using traditional knowledge to conserve wild edibles. Case study of Mushroom cultivation linked with livelihood opportunities to rural youth and women were presented. Declining interest among younger generations to preserve age old customs, ignorance of documenting traditional knowledge is some of the challenges.