Eastern Himalayan Rural Futures®:
Ecology for the New Economy

Virtually bringing together 12 Eastern Himalayan Capitals and 10 Countries for
creating a Naturenomics™ Agenda – Ecology for the New Economy

Valuing the Interdependence between Ecology and Economy

The nature of the global world is changing, re-drawing the ancient ‘Ecology is Economy’ paradigm for resilient and sustainable relationships between people and nature – for our future. The pandemic offers an unprecedented clarion call, and opportunity to rewrite the rulebook on growth, human development, and quality of life.

Through the ages we have used nature’s capital to surge economic growth, from the earliest agricultural revolution to today’s digital revolution. The overconsumption and runaway exploitation of our natural resources have spurred the global collapse we face today. Research shows that $44 trillion of economic value generation – more than half of the world’s total GDP – is moderately or highly dependent on nature and its services and is therefore exposed to nature loss. But rethinking how we use this ‘natural capital’ can help achieve a balance between ecology and economy. And, if we can build our ecology, we can build our economy.

Forests provide livelihoods, essentials of life and well-being for rural populations and billions of people around the world. Forests mitigate climate change by removing about a third of the global greenhouse gas emissions each year and is critical against climate change. If the crisis continues unabated, this reliance on forest goods and services is also likely to see a sharp increase. Which raises the question of how we ensure that forests continue to play a central role in people’s wellbeing, without raising the risk of deforestation and forest degradation. This is the time, we create a redefined paradigm with Ecology at the center-stage, by putting people and the planet first.

Ecology is integral
in Economic Planning

COVID-19 and nature degradation are interlinked, and recovery plans must take this into consideration. In dealing with the current economic fallout, a green recovery plan supporting sustainable growth is the need of the hour. The Forum visions to bring out the Green Recovery Plan for the Eastern Himalayas, thereby boosting economic growth, creating jobs and building a resilient future.

– Set out the policy and targeted investments for key sectors.
– Design measures for future-proof jobs.
– Emphasize on net zero emissions for a fast-tracked green recovery
   and investing in nature capital in the Eastern Himalayas.
– Rethinking agriculture to ensure it protects rather than strips soils
– Establish recovery programmes to improve the livelihoods and
   build resilience of forest-dependent people, and local indiegenous

Eastern Himalayas :
A Nature - Positive Reset

Business as usual is no longer an option. Designing nature -positive packages will provide a solution for integrating people, planet and the economy. The Forum will curate these packages

– Focus on rural community leaders disrupting business as usual –
   transitions that could lead to a nature -positive economy and
   forward-thinking policies.
– Promote efforts to halt deforestation, prevent forest degradation
   and increase forest area through investment in forestry-related jobs
   as part of nature-positive reset packages, including afforestation,
   reforestation, conservation, and agroforestry.
– Envisage special programmes to create an enabling environment
   for small and marginal farmers to steadily move towards natural
   and ecological farming methods.
– Empower Women Farmers, strengthening their roles food and
   nutritional security.


The global economy is interconnected, the ecological and financial crisis in one country affects markets not just in another but all around the world. Today the world is intertwined than it was ever before and require joint and coordinated action at all level’s unseen before this pandemic. The road to recovery with Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum will open the window for dotting the plans and steps in enhancing Ecology in Economy.

– Government, Global leaders, Business, grassroots actors and
   academicians for effective action in putting ‘ecology back in
– By generating positive outcomes in the immediate term, aligning
   responses to the economic crisis could serve as the spark that
   resets global postures away from rivalry and toward cooperation
   over the long term.
– Global community, during the pandemic and in its aftermath, with
   an opportunity to build a better approach for smart recovery, one
   that does not replicate the unsustainable patterns of the past.

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