The guggul bush is on the red list of endangered species

The guggul bush is on the red list of endangered species
2013. Guggul growers doing the laundry, Sadhuraks, (Pakistán) © Zofeen Ebrahim /IPS

The guggul bush is on the red list of endangered species

The guggul bush is endemic to this part of Indo-asia, and produces latex which is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine, and is nowadays used in the cosmetics industry. The Society for the Conservation and Protection of the Environment (SCOPE), with the backing of the Scottish government, started an environmental conservation project based on the growing of guggul bushes and aimed at women.

Families plant around 500 bushes on their plots for which women receive 50$ a month, which added to their husbands’ wage as rural labourers prevents the need for seasonal migrations and buying on credit, while allowing their children to attend secondary school.