Ethical seed collection ................



RESPONSIBLE SEED-COLLECTION DOES NOT DAMAGE COLONIES OF PLANTS NOR THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE HIMALAYA (OR ANYWHERE ELSE), SO SHOULD NOT BE APOLOGISED FOR - NOR SHOULD THE INTEREST AMONGST A VERY SMALL NUMBER OF CONNOISSEURS IN THE CULTIVATION OF HIMALAYAN FLORA - THEY SHOULD BE PROUD OF SUCH A HOBBY, INDEED A GREAT DEAL OF GOOD HAS STEMMED FROM SUCH SEED COLLECTION. HOW WOULD 'OFFICIALS' IN THE HIMALAYA KNOW WHETHER SEED-COLLECTION DAMAGES THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE HIMALAYA, SINCE THEY DO NOT TRAVEL TO THE HIMALAYA!  HOW DO BBC JOURNALISTS LIKE 'ENVIRONMENT' CORRESPONDENT, NAVIN SINGH KHADKA, POSSIBLY KNOW THAT SEED-COLLECTION DAMAGES THE ENVIRONMENT, SINCE HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE FIRST THING ABOUT COLLECTING SEED!  HAS HE ANY RELEVANT TRAINING?  HAS HE EVER COLLECTED SEED OR OBSERVED SEED BEING COLLECTED IN THE HIMALAYA? NO. OF COURSE NOT BUT WRITING ABOUT SUBJECTS HE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT IS A SPECIALITY OF HIS!

PREVENTING SUCH PLANT ENTHUSIASTS (whose hobby involves a lot of time, effort and skill) FROM HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIMENT WITH GROWING MORE UNSUSAL PLANTS WILL DO NOTHING TO HELP CONSERVE HIMALAYAN FLORA (or floras of other parts of the world).  IT IS THE EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE GAINED BY SUCH GROWERS WHICH e.g. ALLOWED CHRIS CHADWELL TO ADVISE THE ROYAL GOVERNMENT OF BHUTAN ON THE CULTIVATION OF MEDICINAL PLANTS USED IN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE.  Genuine expertise in the cultivation of more unusual species of plant is urgently needed - yet the accumulation of such important knowledge and skills is not just being discouraged but prevented.  This makes NO sense!

WHAT A PITY INDIAN BOTANISTS DO NOT POSSESS SUCH EXPERTISE - WHICH LEADS THEM, DURING GOVERNMENT-FUNDED SO-CALLED'CONSERVATION' PROJECTS, TO MISTAKENLY DIG UP SUPPOSEDLY 'RARE AND ENDANGERED' HIMALAYAN PLANTS, AT THE WRONG TIME OF THE YEAR, TRANSPORT THEM DOWN THOUSANDS OF FEET FROM THE MOUNTAINS, ONLY TO RAPIDLY DIE IN 'BOTANICAL' GARDENS - WHEN THEY SHOULD HAVE GATHERED SEED INSTEAD (PLANTS CAREFULLY RAISED FROM SEED STANDS A MUCH BETTER CHANCE OF SURVIVING AT LOWER ELEVATIONS), IN THEIR NEGLIGENT ATTEMPTS AT 'EX-SITU' CONSERVATION......  They fail because they do not know what they are doing!  They should consult Chris Chadwell....

IT IS THE SUPPORT AND BACKING OF PLANT ENTHUSIASTS IN THE WEST WHICH ENABLED CHRIS CHADWELL TO BUILD UP HIS BOTANICAL EXPERTISE ON THE FLORA OF THE HIMALAYA AND START (IN SPLENDID ISOLATION, NO FUNDING AND NO SUPPORT FROM INTERNATIONAL BODIES NOR UK BOTANIC GARDENS) HIS ASSORTED PROJECTS (See: https://sites.google.com/a/shpa.org.uk/main/flowers-for-a-dalai-lama), MOST RECENTLY, GUIDES TO THE 'FLORA OF THE WESTERN HIMALAYA' SEE: https://sites.google.com/a/shpa.org.uk/fowh/ SUCH A REFERENCE WEB-SITE IS URGENTLY  REQUIRED AS INDIAN BOTANISTS (OPERATING LARGELY IN INTERNATIONAL ISOLATION) ROUTINELY MISIDENTIFY WESTERN HIMALAYA PLANTS AND FAIL TO SURVEY FOR THEM CORRECTLY - WHICH LEADS TO SPECIES BEING FALSELY CLAIMED TO BE 'RARE AND ENDANGERED' IN A MULTITUDE OF ARTICLES AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS - THOSE WESTERN HIMALAYAN SPECIES WITHIN C.I.T.E.S. ARE NEITHER RARE NOR ENDANGERED, WHILST THOSE WHICH ARE GENUINELY RARE, HAVE BEEN ABANDONED......  SEE:  https://sites.google.com/a/shpa.org.uk/main/c-i-t-i-e-s---reliability-of-some-submissions.  It is ESSENTIAL that information submitted for inclusion in CITIES is accurate and reliable - if it is not, the FALSE/FAKE claims make the whole thing a FARCE.  Chris Chadwell has evidence to back-up what he says, yet are the Government of India or International Bodies charged with protecting flora interested?  NO - they are in denial and wish the uncomfortable truth remained hidden.


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