The Remote Sensing & Geographic Information System (GIS) section is responsible for a variety of functions to assist the board in streamlining the environmental assessment process with special reference to Medicinal Plants (MPs). Remote Sensing & GIS is the process through which digital maps and databases are linked, is used to preparation of environmental assessments that include Geospatial Database Creation, Biodiversity Conservation, Ecological Niche Modelling, Development of Spectral Signatures and Environmental Justice Issues.
NMPB has initiated the use of Remote Sensing & GIS technologies in the development of Creation of Geospatial Database of Medicinal Plants from ancillary data as well as from the field data. Digitization work of Projects like Medicinal Plant Conservation Areas, Resource Augmentation, Joint Forest Management, Herbal Garden, Cultivation Schemes of National Ayush Mission, Manufactures & Traders Information are in a process of to develop the Geo-spatial Database. Creation of Medicinal Plant Buffer Zones, Development of digital atlas of Medicinal Plants, and Species Distribution Modelling of some selected Medicinal Plants as well as development of Spectral Signatures of some important Medicinal Plant Species will be the advanced work of the board in near future to assess the Conservation, Development and Sustainable management of Medicinal Plants. Further, NMPB, Ministry of Ayush, is in collaboration with Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) Dehradun & Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to initiate some joint project work in future to develop spectral signatures of some important medicinal plant species and also some web GIS based applications for the Medicinal Plants Application.