Community uses traditional knowledge to nurture modern economy

May 9, 2017

Samples collected for bio-prospecting.

At first glance, Dzedokha village in south-west Bhutan might not seem all that favorable for a lucrative industry. With 2,672 residents, this mountainous village is off the beaten track and is only accessible via a farm road, that too, mostly impassable during monsoon.

But, the geography of the village more than makes up for the poor accessibility by guarding age-old traditional spiritual practices and traditional knowledge about herbs and treatment methods. The Dzedokha community is well known for cultivating Zingiber cassumunar or Mountain Ginger that is used for traditional medication.  

Dzedokha is one of the 113 gewogs (sub-districts) in the country where the National Biodiversity Centre has documented traditional knowledge with support by UNDP, the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund and the Global Environment Facility.

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For more information, contact;
  • Jigme Dorji, Portfolio Manager, Economic Integration and Innovation, UNDP Bhutan: jigme.dorji@undp.org
  • Pushkar Chhetri, Communications Analyst, UNDP Bhutan: pushkar.chhetri@undp.org