Yale Himalaya Initiative

environment | livelihood | culture

The Last Himalayan Refugia: Insights into Bhutan from a Conservation Standpoint

Event time: 
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Kroon Hall, Knobloch Environmental Center See map
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 
Paljor Dorji (Dasho Benji)
Advisor to National Environment Commission, Bhutan
Nawang Norbu
Director, UWICE

Dasho Paljor Dorji (Dasho Benji) has served the government of Bhutan since 1966. He was appointed Chief Justice of Bhutan in 1985 to 1987 and then Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Social Services. In 1991 he was sent to Geneva as Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and also was accredited to Austria, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, EU (Brussels) IFAD (Rome) and FAO (Rome). From 1994 to 1998 Benji served as Deputy Minister of the National Environment Commission and currently he is a special advisor to the National Environment Commission. Benji has been a long time advisor to the Bhutan Foundation in particular on our environment and conservation programs.

Nawang Norbu is the Director of the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment in Bhutan. He received his undergraduate in Forestry at the University of Wales. After working in the capacity of a forest management planner for the Bhutan’s Ministry of Agriculture, he pursued graduate studies at the International Institute of Earth Observation and Geo-information Sciences in the Netherlands, examining relationships between invasive plants, human demographics, and forest cover. He recently obtained a PhD from the International Max-Planck Research School in Germany. He is interested in examining ecological processes and using science to better conserve the vitality and resilience of Bhutan’s ecological systems.

Light Refreshments will be provided. 

For a blog by Sangay Dorji on this talk, please click here.