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Role of Traditional Ethnobotanical Knowledge and Indigenous Communities in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

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Department of Plant Science, School of Biological Sciences, Central University of Kerala, Periye, Kasaragod 671316, Kerala, India
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Department of Botany, Government Degree College, Kishtwar, Kishtwar 182204, Jammu and Kashmir, India
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Department of English, Government Degree College, Bani, Kathua 184206, Jammu and Kashmir, India
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Translational and Evolutionary Genomics Laboratory, School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110067, India
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Department of Environmental Science, PGDAV College, University of Delhi, New Delhi 110065, India
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Academic Editor: Emanuele Radicetti
Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3062; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063062
Received: 19 January 2021 / Revised: 3 March 2021 / Accepted: 4 March 2021 / Published: 11 March 2021
The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals with 169 targets. The Agenda 2030 of the United Nations envisages a holistic approach to achieve these goals by focusing on humankind and the planet. In this review, we analyzed the scientific literature and technical reports of international bodies such as the United Nations and Food and Agriculture Organization relating to traditional ethnobotanical knowledge (TEK). The literature on TEK was mapped with the targets of the SDGs to determine the role of traditional knowledge in the realization of selected goals and targets. Our extensive and systematic reviewing of available literatures suggests that, of the 17 goals, at least seven goals are associated with TEK. To achieve these seven goals, a thorough understanding is required to disentangle the intricacies involving TEK, indigenous people holding TEK, and their future role in achieving the SDGs. Our review points towards the role of TEK in achieving goals linked to poverty, health and wellbeing, responsible consumption and production, climate action, life on land, and partnerships. In summary, we argue that achieving the intended outcomes of the SDGs and the targets requires concerted efforts of all relevant stakeholders, including indigenous communities, common citizens, scientists, policy makers, and world leaders. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development goals; ethnobotany; human health; poverty; traditional knowledge; sustainable agriculture sustainable development goals; ethnobotany; human health; poverty; traditional knowledge; sustainable agriculture
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Kumar, A.; Kumar, S.; Komal; Ramchiary, N.; Singh, P. Role of Traditional Ethnobotanical Knowledge and Indigenous Communities in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3062. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063062

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Kumar A, Kumar S, Komal, Ramchiary N, Singh P. Role of Traditional Ethnobotanical Knowledge and Indigenous Communities in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability. 2021; 13(6):3062. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063062

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Kumar, Ajay, Sushil Kumar, Komal, Nirala Ramchiary, and Pardeep Singh. 2021. "Role of Traditional Ethnobotanical Knowledge and Indigenous Communities in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals" Sustainability 13, no. 6: 3062. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063062

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