Films : Documentaries : Kalpavriksha - Legacy of the Forests
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26 minutes
The National Award Winner, 2007

Vatavaran 2003, Silver Tree Award in the category of Natural Resource Conservation

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India is one of the richest bio-diversity hotspots in the world, supporting over 45,000 species of plants both agricultural and medicinal.

The film traces the evolution and discovery of medicinal plants in India and brings out the essence of the interdependence and way of living of tribal communities, who have since time immemorial depended on the forest for all their needs.

About 80% of the developing world still relies on age-old medical practices based on the curative properties of plants found in forest areas.

Today, the modern world is moving towards these traditional practices creating a phenomenal demand for medicinal plants. Strangely, the bulk of the plants traded are gathered from ‘wild’ forest sources – very few species are cultivated. This has created a major stress on natural resources – some Himalayan species are already close to extinction due to this dangerous trend.

The film looks into the philosophy of traditional medicinal practices and discusses what further steps and measures are required to conserve and protect our medicinal heritage.

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