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Medicinal Plant Working Group Ethnobotany Committee
Trish Flaster, Botanical Liaisons, Boulder, CO
To encourage active participation by Tribes and other holders of traditional ecological knowledge pertaining to native medicinal plants.
Ethnobotany is multi-disciplinary. To discover the practical potential of native plants not only requires knowledge of plants, but an understanding and sensitivity to the dynamics of how cultures work. By observing the intimate and harmonious relationship of indigenous cultures to their environment, their accumulated knowledge of the biodynamics of the natural world, and their traditions of stewardship that sustain fragile ecological balance, scientists, ethnobotanists, and others can gain insight into the management of land reserves, plant communities, and the biodiversity they sustain, so as to help maintain a balanced ecosystem for future generations.Action Items:
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Last Updated: 06-Mar-2006