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Commiphora wightii (Commiphora wightii)

Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 230532730

Ecology and Threats to Commiphora wightii in Thar Desert of Pakistan

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 230532730) - Commiphora wightii - Awarded $5,000 on March 23, 2024Commiphora wightii, commonly known as Indian bdellium or locally as Gugar/Guggul, is a slow-growing shrub categorized as Critically Endangered (CR-A2cd) in the red list of threatened species, primarily due to a significant decline in its population over the past few decades. Thar Desert serves as the natural habitat for this taxon, where it thrives organically. However, the species faces a considerable threat from anthropogenic activities. While some studies have identified the presence of Commiphora wightii in various locations within Tharparkar District, in the province of Sindh Pakistan, the overall population remains largely undocumented. It is imperative to conduct a comprehensive study on the ecology and population dynamics of this specific species to ensure the preservation and protection of the remaining population.  The broader aim of the project is to assess the ecology, distribution, and threats faced by Commiphora wightii in Thar Desert (Tharparkar District in Pakistan) and to formulate recommendations for conservative measures to alleviate anthropogenic pressure on the species. Implementing long-term sustainability strategies is essential to stabilize the population of this threatened species, which is subjected to significant exploitation. 

Project 230532730 location - Pakistan, Asia