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Plant biodiversity and ethnobotany inside the projected impact area of the Upper Seti Hydropower Project,

Summary: Plant biodiversity and ethnobotany inside the projected
impact area of the Upper Seti Hydropower Project,
Western Nepal
Yadav Uprety · Ram C. Poudel · Hugo Asselin · Emmanuel Boon
Received: 29 July 2010 / Accepted: 17 October 2010 / Published online: 30 October 2010
Ó Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
Abstract A survey of plant biodiversity and ethnobotany was conducted along the Seti
river banks in the Tanahun district of Western Nepal. This area, home of the Magar ethnic
group, will be impacted by a major hydropower project, currently under feasibility study.
The objective of the study was to document plant biodiversity and ethnobotany in order to
suggest appropriate conservation and management strategies. Botanical sampling was
conducted inside quadrats and along transects. A total of 221 plant species were recorded
in the study area, distributed as herbs (80 species), trees (68), shrubs (28), climbers (19),
pteridophytes (18), lianas (5), and epiphytes (3). Twelve of the inventoried species figure in
one or more conservation categories identified by various national or international agen-
cies. Group discussions and personal interviews allowed to find out that 43% of the species
were ethnobotanically important for the local people and that most were used as medicine,
food, or timber. We propose specific species for sustainable use programs based on certain
criteria. The area is very important in terms of plant biodiversity and ethnobotany, and
hence, immediate implementation of conservation measures is recommended to maintain


Source: Asselin, Hugo - Chaire de recherche du Canada en foresterie autochtone, Département des sciences du développement humain et social, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue


Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology