Sacred Land Future Vision
The main focus for the future is to increase awareness of the need for conservation of indigenous medicinal and aromatic plants and to encourage sustainable use in traditional medicine. Generally, medicinal plants are under thread due to overharvesting, and with the worldwide new interest in Tibetan and Aryurvedic medicines and cosmetics this situation is fastly deteriorating.
In Nepal, poor villagers often harvest medical plants growing at high altitudes, in vulnerable mountain ecosystems without any awareness of the long-term consequences. The medicinal part of many plants is the roots and unskilled collection of medicinal and aromatic plants can endanger the viability of local plant populations. Wholesale collection leaves very few plants to set seed. Hence many of the plants growing in the Himalayas are under threat and some vital ingredients for traditional herbal medicines are now unavailable.
Therefore the main objective was to create a high altitude medical herb garden and plantation for the sustainable use and conservation of medicinal plants indigenous to the Solu Khumbu of Nepal. This test plantation was successful for 8 years but we have not been able to continue due to lack of funding
This kind of project needs considerable long term investment, more than we can raise through the small sale of tea and incense. Any help would be most appreciated, either financial help or technical as there is a huge lack of horticultural knowledge needed to cultivate these special and endangered plans and an urgent need to act for the sack of future generations.