Online Program

Medicinal Gardens: Conservation of Natural Captial and Preservation of Culture

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Nathanael Stanley, B.S, M.A., College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
The medicinal garden is used as a primary and secondary conservation method that accounts for the economic, social, and environmental aspects of community-based ecotourism. Through a meta-analysis and field study on community-based ecotoruism, it is evident that the medicinal garden creates in-direct benefits beyond the scope of the ecotourism enterprise itself. The medicinal garden supports three of the eight Millenium Development Goals (gender equality, environmental sustainability, and global partnerships) through a synergistic method of economic gain, social equity and cohesion, and environmental protection. Through the field research, nineteen plants were identified by the local population for their medicinal properties, and further research shows that those same plants are actively being used in pharmecautical research today. The medicinal garden serves the purpose of sustainable use, but also enhances the conservation of plants used in drug research and preserves the cultural heritange of the local population.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Environmental health sciences
Public health biology
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the effectiveness of the medicinal garden as a method of economic diversity, women's empowerment, and environmental conservation in conjunction with community-based ecotourism. Identify clinical uses of 19 medicinal flora from the Peruvian cloudforest.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Research (CBPR), Gender

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator of the research that was conducted during graduate school. Field research was conducted for 2.5 months in the Peruvian Andes Mountains, and the meta-analysis was conducted over the duration of my 2 years masters program at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.