Valuation Of Medicinal Plants And Cultural Ecosystem Services –A Case Study Of Satajan Wetland And Bird Sanctuary, Lakhimpur District, Assam, India

Document Type : Primary Research paper

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Department Of Botany, Sikkim University, Gangtok, Sikkim, 737102, India

Abstract

This study seeks to estimate the value of medicinal plants used by local people mainly mishing
tribe and cultural ecosystem services provided by Satajan wetland and bird sanctuary situated
at Lakhimpur district of Assam. For valuation of medicinal plants in the wetland, alternate
valuation method is used. As urbanization increases, the relationship between wetland cultural
ecosystem services and natural environment has become critical. In this study, we identified
and mapped the cultural ecosystem services provided by Satajan wetland through preference
survey data.Cultural ecosystem services provided by Satajan wetland and bird sanctuary are
related to spiritual enrichment, recreation, ecotourism, aesthetics, formal and informal
education, inspiration, and cultural Heritage. Estimation of cultural services is done by using
Travel Cost Method (TCM) and Contingent Valuation Method (CVM). The result shows that
wetland is rich in various medicinal plants that are extensively used by local community for the treatment of various diseases which are of high economic value. Our findings also suggest that the Social and economic values for Ecosystem Services model is appropriate to serve such small-scale wetland and our results can provide a scientific basis for wetland management and planners to optimize the cultural ecosystem services and protect wetland resources.

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