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Invasive alien plants: impacts on development and options for management.

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This book contains 12 chapters covering a broad range of topics: economic, social and biodiversity impacts of invasive alien plants, rural community perceptions, policy framework responses, prevention and control experiences, and the net result of all of this on livelihoods and development as a whole. The particular value of classical biological control as a tool suitable for managing widespread i...


Chapter 5 (Page no: 59)

Mikania micrantha: its status and impact on people and wildlife in Nepal.

Of the non-native species that have begun to show invasive characteristics, M. micrantha (mikania) has emerged as the most serious weed in the tropical and subtropical areas of Nepal. This chapter discusses the arrival and spread, as well as the ecological, economic and social impacts of mikania weed. Current management practices in Nepal are also described. The First National Workshop for Stakeholders - Mikania micrantha Weed Invasion in Nepal is mentioned, which aims to assess the state of knowledge of mikania invasion in Nepal and consider management options. The meeting provided basic information to researchers, managers and conservationists from concerned agencies in the environment, forestry and agricultural sectors to facilitate and synergize efforts to control mikania. Although manual, cultural (utilization) and chemical measures were considered at the workshop, they were discounted as practical or sustainable widescale solutions.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Invasive alien plants as a constraint to development in tropical Asia: is there a crisis in the making? Author(s): Murphy, S. T.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 18) Profile of an invasive plant: Mikania micrantha. Author(s): Ellison, C. A. Sankaran, K. V.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 29) Social and economic implications of Mikania micrantha in the Kerala Western Ghats. Author(s): Anitha, V. Santheep, K. V. Jyotsna Krishnakumar
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 39) Impacts and management options for Mikania micrantha in plantations. Author(s): Sankaran, K. V. Tjitrosemito, S. Sastroutomo, S. S.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 73) Impact and management of invasive alien plants in Pacific Island communities. Author(s): Orapa, W.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 109) Understanding the impact of invasive Mikania micrantha in shifting agriculture and its management through traditional ecological knowledge. Author(s): Ramakrishnan, P. S.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 124) Prevention and related measures for invasive alien plants in India: policy framework and other initiatives. Author(s): Ravi Khetarpal Kavita Gupta Usha Dev Kavya Dashora
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 138) Control options for invasive alien plants in agroforestry in the Asia-Pacific region. Author(s): Sankaran, K. V.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 162) Classical biological control of Mikania micrantha: the sustainable solution. Author(s): Ellison, C. A. Cock, M. J. W.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 191) Policy frameworks for the implementation of a classical biological control strategy: the Chinese experience. Author(s): Ding JianQing
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 206) Policy frameworks for the implementation of a classical biological control strategy: the Indian experience. Author(s): Rabindra, R. J. Kumar, P. S. Verghese, A.