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MAPs-NET Nepal
With the support of ICIMOD, the Ethnobotanical Society of Nepal (ESON) has developed a database on medicinal and aromatic plants of Nepal, under the umbrella of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Network (MAPs-Net) Nepal. The project was executed during 2008-2009, and now available for the researchers and different stakeholders. The online database is hosted by ESON, with the support of ICIMOD.
Head of Plantlife Scotland in Nepal
Dr. Deborah Long, Head of Plantlife Scotland, is visiting Nepal from September 28 – November 22, 2014. She has travelled to Dolpa for about four weeks, followed by short visits to Rasuwa and Dhading districts, and monitored the past and current projects at ESON. She is working at ESON to review the ESON activities (1998-2014), and preparing a provisional operational plan for 2015-2020. Find out more at www.valuingwildplants.wordpress.com Email: Deborahjlong2014@gmail.com
Visit to ESON research sites (Rasuwa)
Dr. Ila Shrestha (General Secretary, ESON), accompanied by Dr. Deborah Long (Head, Plantlife Scotland), visited Chilime and Gatlang VDC of Rasuwa district from October 29- November 1, 2014, to monitor the ESON – Allachy Project (2006-2008). Two phases of the project were supported by the Plantlife International (UK). ESON collaborated with Manekor Society Nepal, and FECOFUN Rasuwa, for the community-based conservation of threatened habitats of medicinal plants in Rasuwa.
Visit to ESON research sites (Dhading)
Prof. Dr. Krishna K. Shrestha (President, ESON), accompanied by Dr. Deborah Long and three M. Sc. students of Central Department of Botany, TU, visited Budathum VDC (Dhading District) from November 7-8, 2014 to monitor ESON's on-going research projects "Bio-energy Plants and Plant Products" and "Bioprospecting of Underutilized plants" carrying out in the six VDCs of Dhading district. The team also visited 'Arughat Tourism Visitor Centre', Arughat (Gorkha), and ESON will be assisting to maintain the visitor Centre.
Recent News
Nepal Energy Garden Ambassador's Workshop
A national workshop on "Nepal Energy Garden Ambassador's Workshop' was held on October 10, 2014 in Kathmandu. The program was organized by the University of Leeds (UK), ANSAB, ESON, FEDO and Practical Action (Nepal), and supported by DFID (UK). The workshop was attended by the experts from the UK, India and Nepal, and the Nepal Energy Garden Ambassadors representing 18 districts of Nepal. The Honorable Energy Minister inaugurated the workshop, and addressed by distinguished guests.
ESON Interactive Workshop
An Interactive workshop on "ESON: Today and Tomorrow" was held on November 17, 2014 in Kathmandu. The main objective of the workshop was to highlight the activities of ESON since its establishment. Dr. Deborah Long (Head, Plantlife, Scotland/UK), who spent a month in ESON, had presented a report on the monitoring and evaluation of ESON activities, and presented a forward plan for 2015-2020. Details Download
Annual General Meeting of ESON
'Annual General Meeting' of ESON was held on April 10, 2015 at the Natural History Museum, Swayambhu, Kathmandu. The program was attended by ESON Executive members, ordinary members, and interested botanists/ ethnobotanists. The program was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Ram Prasad Chaudhary (Advisor, ESON; and Executive Director, RECAST/TU). Details
Research Projects
Bioprospecting of Under-utilised Plants
ESON, in collaboration with Central Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, and Korea Research Institute of Biotechnology and Bioresources (KRIBB), South Korea, is carrying out a research project on 'Bioprospecting of underutilised plants of Dhading district'. The project duration is April 1- December 31, 2014. Four M.Sc. students of Biotechnology and Botany are working for their Master's dissertation.

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Nepal Energy Garden Project
The University of Leeds (U.K.) is collaborating with ESON, ANSAB, FEDO, Practical Action (Nepal), and Hassan Biofuel Park (India) the 'Nepal Energy Garden Project' (April 2014-March 2015), which is supported by the UK Government's DFID. The field sites are in the villages of Dolakha, Gorkha and Lamjung districts. ESON is supporting an M.Sc. student of Central Department of Botany, TU to work on the "Assessment of Bioenergy Plants and Plant products in Dhading District", as a part of M.Sc. dissertation.
Previous projects
Bioprospecting of Medicinal Plants (2011-2013)
ESON in collaboration with Korea Research Institute of Biotechnology & Bioresources (KRIBB) accomplished Phase I and Phase II projects (2011-2013) to carry out the "Bioprospecting of the less known medicinal plants of Nepal". The research sites were Nawalparasi, Gulmi, Makwanpur, Kathmandu and Lalitpur districts,
ESON - Allachy Project Phase II (2008-2009)
As a continuation of the first phase of the MAPs project (2006-2007) in Rasuwa, Plantlife International supported second phase of the project (2008-2009), which was launched in three VDCs of Rasuwa District (Chilime Gatlang and Thuman) in the buffer zone of Langtang National Park. The livelihood of the local people of these VDCs is directly linked with the medicinal plants trade. ESON continued collaboration with Manekor Society Nepal, and FECOFUN Rasuwa district to accomplish the second phase of the project, and establishment of the 'Biodiversity Information Centre' in Dhunche.
ESON - CEPF Project (2007-2008)
Kangchenjunga-Singalila Complex, one of the five prioritized landscapes of the Eastern Himalayas, possesses globally significant landscape species. ESON received a grant from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) through the WWF Nepal to conduct "Biodiversity inventory and identification of threatened species and habitats in the Singalila ridge of Ilam and Panchthar districts"
ESON - Allachy Project ( Phase I )
ESON conducted a project on community based in situ conservation of medicinal plants in the Rasuwa district of Nepal Himalaya. ESON selected two local organizations: Manekor Society Nepal and FECOFUN Rasuwa, to work with the remote communities of Chilime VDC in the Buffer zone of Langtang National Park…
Final Report
Energy Gardens for Small-Scale Farmers in Nepal (2013-2014)
A collaborative project of the University of Leeds (UK), Botanical Garden Conservation International (UK), Ethnobotanical Society of Nepal (ESON)), ANSAB, Feminist and Dalit Organization (FEDO) and Practical Action (Nepal). The project was funded by the Department for International Development (DfID), and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK. The report highlights the potential bioenergy plants in mid hills of Nepal. Nepal Energy Garden Project provides an alternative way of creating sustainable community based bioenergy provision for rural communities using previously unused lands, field bunds, and community forests for growing indigenous plant species for energy generation.{Download}
Ethnobotany for Conservation and Community Development
Ethnobotany of Nepal
Herbal Drugs and Pharmacognosy: Monographs on Commercially Important Medicinal Plants of Nepal
ESON Newsletters

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