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Regional Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum - Bhutan Chapter.


 

Launched in the year 2007, Balipara Foundation focuses on creating community-based conservation models, with the framework of Rural Futures & Naturenomics™. Understanding the need for exploring the ingredients of success in conservation and sustainable livelihoods, Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum was launched in 2013 to find solutions leading to important lessons for the communities and others, at all levels, from local to global. Starting the dialogue with Asian Elephant Conservation to exploring the crucial role of rural communities in the Eastern Himalayas and supporting rural economies and livelihoods, six years (2013-2019) of Eastern Himalayan Naurenomics™ Forum has led to participation from over 20+ countries, 2000+ distinguished speakers and participants from multi-disciplinary fields and recognized 103 Balipara Foundation Social Recognition Awardees.

REGIONAL EASTERN HIMALAYAN NATURENOMICSTM FORUM

Successful deliberations with community members, leaders and experts from various disciplines around the world has underscored the need to broaden the scope and directing us that the storyline starts from the grassroots, there is a rich story within each community and that their direct impact will lead towards a sustainable Rural Futures. Taking this forward, we are pleased to present the first ever Regional Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum to understand conservation stories, give exposure to the community heroes and identify the most pressing needs and solutions for the challenges faced by the communities and use those outcomes as a launch pad to start discussing possible solutions. 

In the process, effect lasting change through the empowerment of rural communities in the Eastern Himalayas, as a model for global development finding solutions to social, economic and conservation challenges faced by communities, the impacts will be immeasurable thereby, leading to development of Rural Futures and building implementation plans.

 

WAY FORWARD: 
Create regional awareness on Habitat-mediated delivery of Basic Income/Assets & Identify community voices/stalwarts for its’ implementation
  

REGIONAL EASTERN HIMALAYAN NATURENOMICS™ FORUM

 

NATURENOMICS™ CIVILIZATION

Key Results:  Enhancing community - led habitat restoration in the Eastern Himalayan region and identifying community - voices for customised solutions

REGIONAL EASTERN HIMALAYAN NATURENOMICS™ FORUM – BHUTAN CHAPTER

 

Location: College of Natural Resources, Punakha, Bhutan

Theme - Rural Futures: Community Conservation & Livelihoods

Date: 28th January 2020

Bhutan has been ranked 1 in Human Development Index 2014, making it the world’s happiest country. With strong environment protection policies and green landscapes around, it is the world’s first carbon negative country and teaches us the ways towards implementing Gross National Happiness in basic development models.

Towards this, we understand that the guardians of protecting the environment and the natural assets are the local communities, the forest officials who are working tirelessly in shaping a Naturenomics™ Civilization. To shed light on the uphill journey of these communities and explore its path towards social – economic – environmental impact leading a way forward for the Rural Futures, the Regional Forum will focus on -

  • Create regional awareness on Habitat-mediated delivery of Basic Income/Assets 

  • Identify community voices/stalwarts for its’ implementation

  • Explore Conservation programmes in Bhutan for Rural Futures

  • To learn how to start implementing Gross National Happiness in basic development models

Programme Agenda

Time

Time

Discussion Topics

Speakers

 

09:30-09:45

Welcome Address

 

Dr. Phub Dorji, President, College of Natural Resources, Bhutan 

 

 

09:45-09:55

 

 

Introduction to Balipara Foundation and Regional Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum

 

 

Karishma Ahmed, Balipara Foundation

 

09:55-10:05

 

Introduction to Balipara Foundation

 

 

Saurav Malhotra, Balipara Foundation

 

10:05-10:20

 

 

Community based Conservation & Livelihoods in the Mountain Ecosystems

 

 

Dr. Sonam Wangyel, Bhutan Institute of Himalayan Studies

 

10:20-10:35

 

   

Dasho Benji Paljor Dorji

 

10:35-10:50

 

 

Implementing Gross National Happiness in Basic Development Models

 

 

Dasho Karma Ura

 

10:50-11:15

 

Tea Break

 

 

11:15-11:30

 

Education and Resources

 

Dr. Om Katel, College of Natural Resources, Bhutan

 

11:30-12:15

 

Panel Discussion – 

 

Community Conservation & Livelihoods: Impacts & Challenges

 

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12:15-12:30

 

Social entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility

 

 

Rinchen Dawa

 

12:30-12:45

 

 

Tanzema Elephant Friendly Village – Case Study

 

Community Representatives

 

12:45-13:30

 

 

Lunch

 

13:30-14:30

 

Panel Discussion – 

 

The Earth Heroes of the Wild – In Conversation with Forest Soldiers of Bhutan

 

  • Jigme Dorji, Zhemgang Forest Division, Bhutan

  • Jampel Lhendup, Royal Manas National Park

  • Dorji Wangchuk, Royal Manas National Park

14:30-16:00

 

Introducing Samvaad – A Tribal Conclave

 

Tata Steel

 

Film Screening

 

 

Knowledge Partners

 

Naturenomics™ Partners

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