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Government of Nepal Ministry of Forest and Environment Department of Plant Resources

About Us

About Us

Published on: June 26, 2018

The Department of Plant Resources under the Ministry of Forest and Soil Environment (formerly known as Department of Medicinal Plants) was established in 1960 A.D. This organization is conducting and providing services in the field of research and development of plant resources in Nepal. It is a multidisciplinary organization comprising mainly of botanists, chemists, pharmacists and veterinary practitioners.
Objectives and activities:

  • Resource survey and collection of plant materials and preservation of the specimens in the National Herbarium and Plant Laboratories.
  • Identification and certification of plant and its products (KATH)
  • Establishment and maintenance of Botanical Gardens in different physiographic regions of the country for ex-situ and in-situ conservation of rare, endangered, threatened and medicinal plants.
  • Technical support for sustainable utilization of plant resources through cultivation and processing; floriculture and landscaping.
  • Chemical and Biological researches for the utilization of medicinal, aromatic and other valuable plants.
  • Biotechnology research, improvement and propagation of plants of economic value.
  • Agro-technology development of important and medicinal plants to provide services to the farmers on techniques of commercial cultivation.
  • Conduction of trainings on plant resources conservation, management and provide garden services.
  • Information dissemination through publications on various aspects of Nepalese plant resources.
  • Bio-prospecting of plants of economic value.
  • Library service for public, researcher, policy maker and all concerned.

The Department has two divisions, three central level offices, seven district offices and twelve botanical gardens.

  • Research and Planning Division responsible to formulate research and management plan for research and development of diverse plant resources of the country.
  • Management and Development Division responsible for application of research for sustainable utilization, herbs promotion and development, development of plant resources of the country.

Ongoing Programs

  • Plant Study, Research & Trade Promotion
  • Plant Conservation & Garden Development
  • Herbal Development
  • Nepal Trade Integrated Strategy (Forest Program)
  • ChureTeraiMadhesh Conservation Program

DPR also functions as the following

  • CITES CELL: National Scientific Authority of plant resources on Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna & Flora (CITES). 16 plant species along with all the species of Euphorbiaceae and Orchidaceae have been listed under CITES Appendices I, II and III.
  • National focal point of Global Taxonomic Initiative (GTI)
  • National focal point of Bio-safety
  • Secretariat of Herbs & NTFPs Coordination Committee (HNCC): 33 species of medicinal plants have been prioritized for economic development of Nepal; among these 13 species have been prioritized for agro-technology development.

Three Central Level Offices
Natural Products Research Laboratory, Thapathali
This laboratory provides services to the public for industrial product development of plant origin and certification. Currently its main focus is on plant chemistry aiming for R&D activities.

Natural Products Research Laboratory
Thapathali, Kathmandu, PO Box 2270
Tel: 977-01-4268247, 4266856

National Herbarium and Plant Laboratories
Established in 1961 as a full government undertaking, the Botanical Survey and Herbarium-now called as National Herbarium and Plant Laboratories (NHPL) aims to support the the nation building through R&D on the diverse plant resources of the country. This is the only institution having the mandate of conducting country-wise exploration, collection, identification, preservation and housing of dried plant specimens called as Herbarium.

National Herbarium and Plant Laboratories
Godawari-5, Lalitpur, PO Box No. 3708
Tel: 977-1-5174277


National Botanical Garden 
Established in 1962, For the purpose of Collection, Conservation, Education and Scientific Research of living plants. This botanical garden is located at the foothill of Mt.Phulchoki spreads over an area of 82 ha. More than 800 different species of plants are conserved here. There are different landscapes and thematic gardens like Physic garden, Biodiversity Education Garden (BEG), Rock garden, Fern garden, Orchid house, Japanese style garden, Lily garden, Tropical garden, Taxonomic family garden, VVIP plantation area, Ethno-botanical garden, etc.

National Botanical Garden
Godawari, Lalitpur, PO Box No.3708
Tel: 977-01-5174279, 5174246, Fax: 977-01-5174279

District Offices

  • District Plant Resource Office, Ilam, Phone no. 027-520564
  • District Plant Resource Office, Dhanusa, Phone: 041-530168
  • District Plant Resource Office, Makwanpur, Phone: 057-523005
  • District Plant Resource Office, Banke, Phone: 081-523523
  • District Plant Resource Office, Salyan, Phone: 088-, 692865, 529107
  • District Plant Resource Office, Jumla, Phone: 087-690009, 087-520015 (Fax)
  • District Plant Resource Office, Kailali, Phone: 091-522920 (Fax)

Other Botanical Gardens

  • Maipokhari Botanical Garden, Ilam,2100 m (Estd.1992)
  • Dhanusha Botanical Garden, Dhanushadham, Dhanusha, 106.6m
  • Vrindaban Botanical Garden, Hetauda, Makwanpur, 500 m, (Estd. 1962 )
  • Daman Botanical Garden (Mountain Botanical Garden), Daman, Makwanpur, 2320 m, (Estd. 1962 )
  • Tistung Botanical Garden, Tistung, Makwanpur, 1900 m, (Estd. 1962 )
  • Dhakeri Botanical Garden, Banke, 160 m(Estd. 1980)
  • Mulpani Botanical Garden, Kapurkot, Salyan, 2000 m, (Estd. 1990)
  • Dhitachaur Botanical Garden, Jumla, 2498 m, (Estd. 1980)
  • Godavari Botanical Garden, Godavari, Kailali, (Estd. 1998)
  • Devoriya Botanical Garden, Dhangadi, Kailali, 170 m, (Estd. 1998)
  • World Peace Biodiversity Garden, Raniban, Pokhara,Kaski. Established in 2013 as per Nepal government (Secretary level) decision dated 2070/8/18