Dr Bernadette Montanari

Faculty Adjunct, Department of Horticuture, Aromatic and Medicinal Plants (HAMP), Mizoram University, Aizawl, India

Green Moroccan Plan and women empowerment (2015-2018) funded by the EU.

New affiliation: Faculty Adjunct, Department of Horticuture, Aromatic and Medicinal Plants (HAMP), Mizoram University, Aizawl, India.

Associate member and SAC Alumna Dr Bernadette Montanari was invited to travel to India in March 2018 to teach a short course at the Department of Horticulture and Aromatic and Medicinal Plants (HAMP) at the University of Mizoram. Her course entitled: “Ethnobotany and Development: What do we have to lose/or gain?” sought to challenge the MSc students to think how major development initiatives would impact on their daily lives, change landscapes and alter culture and traditions. In her teaching, Dr Montanari emphasised the risk of losing vital ethnobotanical and associated traditional knowledge in the course of development initiatives, particularly as the state of Mizoram the State of Mizoram and the Indian Government is about to bring major development programs to the region.

Following her visit to Mizoram University, she was invited to give a lecture at the Dept of Botany at the University of Lucknow. The lecture entitled “Ethnobotanical and traditional aspects for uplifting the social status of rural communities” focused on the role of ethnobotanical and traditional knowledge and the scientific validation for empowering community development and sustainable development. She was then invited to visit the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) http://www.cimap.res.in/english/ and the National Botanical Research Institute http://www.nbri.res.in/. Both institutes are under the umbrella of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and conduct frontier and cutting edge research on aromatic and medicinal plant research.

Forthcoming publications (In press, review and prep)

Montanari B, and. Bergh, S. 2018. A gendered analysis of the income generating activities under the Green Morocco Plan: Who benefits? Human Ecology (In review)

Montanari B, and Bergh B. 2018. Why women’s traditional knowledge matters in the initiatives of the Green Morocco Plan. Gender and Development? JTBC (Ready for submission, have to decide on journal!)

Teixidor-Toneu I and Montanari B. 2018. (correction stage). Gendered transmission of medicinal plant knowledge in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Journal of Ethnobiology.

Montanari B. 2018. (Ongoing) Gendered spheres of Indigenous Knowledge. Chapter in: Falola T and Abidogun J (eds): The Palgrave Handbook of African Education and Indigenous Knowledge.

Montanari B, and Shukla AC. 2018 (In press). 2018. Essential Oil of Thymus saturejoides Coss., in the High Atlas of Morocco: From Traditional Medicine to Community Natural Product Development. Chapter in: Sustainable Horticulture, 2 Volume Set. Apple Academic Press, CRC Taylor & Francis Group.

Shukla A C, Facknath, S, Mandal D, and Montanari B. 2018. Forthcoming call for chapters. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: Production, Processing, and Pharmaceutics (4 volumes) http://www.appleacademicpress.com/medicinal-and-aromatic-plants-production-processing-and-pharmaceutics-4-volumes-/656.


Forthcoming invitations:

Colloque Internationale émigration en Afrique, organised by « L’Observatoire Régional des Migrations Espaces et Sociétés » Tiznit, 22-23 Juin 2018.

Colloque international « Connaissances traditionnelles de l’arganier et l’adaptation aux changements climatiques dans la Réserve Biosphère Arganeraie » Agadir 21-22-23 September 2018

Other affiliations:

Research Associate:“ Laboratoire Population, Environnement, Développement (LPED), Institute of Research and Development (IRD), Université Aix-Marseille, France.

Faculty Affiliate: Jean Monnet Research Excellence. European Union Centre. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (IUCN-CEESP)

Specialist Group on Sustainable Use and Livelihoods (SULi)

Natural Governance Framework (NRGF