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

In association with Tata Steel Foundation and Bhutan Institute of Himalayan Studies

Debating pressing issues in community conservation & livelihoods among communities in Bhutan at the 2nd edition of the regional Eastern Himalayan NaturenomicsTM Forum

Punakha, Bhutan, 28th January, 2019
The second regional edition of the Eastern Himalayan NaturenomicsTM Forum, the flagship conference series of the Balipara Foundation, was hosted at the College of Natural Resources in Punakha, Bhutan today. Bringing together leading academics, communities, senior government officials and civil servants, the conference explored key issues in community-driven conservation and livelihoods emerging in Bhutan through a series of lively talks, panels and case study presentations. The forum hosted 50 representatives from leading institutions in Bhutan such as the College of Natural Resources, the Royal University of Bhutan, the Bhutan Institute of Himalayan Studies, the Nature Study Centre and Bhutan’s department of forests & park services, including forest guards from Royal Manas National Park. Through deliberations, they explored themes in community-based conservation in montane ecosystems and the challenges of conservation in the difficult mountainous terrain of Bhutan. Speakers highlighted on the importance of the Gross National Happiness index in shaping development strategies, community based conservation in mountain landscapes and the vital importance of cooperation across borders in conservation, while centering local communities and needs in debating solutions. The forum was closed by the event’s NaturenomicsTM partner, Tata Steel, introducing their annual community-driven conference, Samvaad, followed by the screening of a short film on this. In addition to their support, the forum was made possible by the Balipara Foundation’s knowledge partners, the College of Natural Resource and the Royal University of Bhutan.