By-Amanda Mei: Pasang Yangjee Sherpa, an anthropologist from Nepal, joined the Yale Himalaya Initiative Tuesday evening for a discussion about climate change in her country. Interested in locals’ knowledge of and responses to the changing climate, Sherpa spoke about her research in the Humla district, as well as her previous work in the Everest district of Solukhumbu.
By:Peter Jang - On Tuesday evening, Edward R. Cook, Director of the Tree-Ring Lab at Columbia University, presented his recent study on climate change in Bhutan and the greater Himalayas. With the help of Paul Krusic (Stockholm University) and local Bhutanese researchers, Professor Cook established a dendrochronological network comprised of twelve locations throughout Bhutan dating back to 2002.
The Program Director of Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), Dr. Ngawang Norbu presented about the institute and its involvement in protecting and conserving the environment and biodiversity of Bhutan. The event was title “The Last Himalayan Refugia: Insights into Bhutan from a Conservation Standpoint.” He elucidated on the intricate relationship of interdependence through his example of a bird species found in Bhutan that migrates to Congo. He shared issues and challenges faced by Bhutan in the face of rapidly changing world and the threat of climate change.
Jairam Ramesh is a senior Indian politician from the Indian National Congress. Currently, he is a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha (the Upper House). Mr. Ramesh served as the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development (2011-2014), and Drinking Water and Sanitation (2011-2013), Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Environment and Forests (2009-2011), Union Minister of State for Commerce and Power (2008-09) and Union Minister of State for Commerce (2006-2009).
On September 29, 2014, Jairam Ramesh presented his views on ‘Challenges and Opportunities of Green Growth for 21st Century India’ as part of a speaker series co-sponsored by Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES) and Yale Himalaya Initiative (YHI). The event was attended by a diverse group of students and scholars. After the lecture, according to the Yale tradition, Dean Peter Crane, group of students and faculty members joined him for dinner. Over the dinner, FES students and faculty members discussed how FES and YHI can contribute towards the sustainable development of India through multi-level partnership and research.