Influence of climate change on the biodiversity of the medicinal plants for the sustainability of the Santal and Lodha tribal people in the district Paschim Midnapore, W.B., India
Samita Manna and Chanchal Kumar Manna
Frequent changes in the climatic conditions have an influence in controlling the atmospheric temperature. There occurs some seasonal fluctuations which result in high temperature, irregular rain falls, scarcity of food materials. Immunity power of the people is gradually reduced due to lack of some food items e.g., mushroom, wild type of potatoes, some types of fresh water jeol fishes and aquatic benthic organisms etc. which were available in the forest areas and small ponds from the villages of the state of West Bengal, INDIA. For this reason, the poor people and especially Santal and Lodha tribal people of the District Paschim Midnapore, W.B., are suffering from some uncommon diseases. The Tribal Medicine men of this area are facing severe problems in controlling the diseases as they are not getting the proper ingredients available from the medicinal plants collected from the nearby forests and local places. But it seems that it may be due to urbanization, deforestation and changing climatic conditions, the rare medicinal plants are gradually being eliminated from the forests.
Samita Manna, Chanchal Kumar Manna. Influence of climate change on the biodiversity of the medicinal plants for the sustainability of the Santal and Lodha tribal people in the district Paschim Midnapore, W.B., India. J Med Plants Stud 2016;4(6):279-282.