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Hand-woven woollens by tribes in the Himalayas find a global market

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Source : – 30stades

Sometime in the early 2000s, when Ghayur Alam was researching biodiversity conservation in Uttarakhand, he saw that many medicinal plants were becoming extinct because locals were recklessly harvesting them without permission and selling them to contractors in Delhi. He thought if there could be ways of providing alternative employment to these people, they would, perhaps, not harvest the plants, helping in biodiversity conservation.

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“We found some of these people were shepherds and also worked with wool. We thought if we could help them sell woollen products at better prices, perhaps they would have less reason to go to forests to collect medicinal plants,” says Ghayur, a PhD from the University of Manchester, UK, in technology policy.

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