Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2016: Talk Time with Wasbir Hussain - Ranjit Barthakur

Talk Time with Wasbir Hussain: Ranjit Barthakur
Talk time with Wasbir Hussain in conversation with Ranjit Barthakur talking about the rich biodiversity of the North East and the creation of business out of nature,which can lead to building a bio-diverse economic nation. He emphasizes on interdependence between nature and economics, the concept of Naturenomics™, pioneered by Balipara Foundation, that creates models & proves that through nature and small community projects we can kick start an economy based on nature. 
Focusing on Nature Capital & Nature Banks that goes a long way in the road map to Naturenomics™ development. Preserving and promoting the bio-cultural diversity of the villages of the North East through village, community, agriculture & Botany tourism. Taking it to the ground for implementation with a Tourism plan for each village of the North East, Connectivity Conference connecting Northeast-Agartala-Kohima and including tribal & ethnic community involvement and platform to display their bio-cultural diversity. On Assam, creating a revolution for being the Second refinery in the world for tea and oil. 
The segment ends with pondering thoughts on the Impact & threat of climate change resulting in the decline of the growth of Tea in Assam.

Talk Time with Wasbir Hussain: Ranjit Barthakur - Part 2

In continuation to their conversation, Wasbir & Ranjit talk about Elephant Country and Elephant Friendly tea in this segment.
The idea of romanticizing Assam as  Elephant Country and a region where Elephant Friendly Tea grows. Highlighting the fact that co-existence of Human & Elephants originated in Assam and the Elephant Secretariat for Asian Elephants and certification standards of Elephant friendly tea will help in moving away from conflicts to finding long term solutions of maintaining the habitat of elephants and help the community that they live with, to live in harmony & peace.
The future of Green Bond for Assam, that allows building infrastructure for tourism and a prosperous forestry.The vision of Elephants living in border less world and calling their habitats as Eco -regions - which is the Eastern Himalayan region expanding from Nepal, Myanmar, China, Bangladesh, India and Bhutan.

Talk Time with Wasbir Hussain: Ranjit Barthakur - Part 3

In the last segment, Ranjit Barthakur speaks about the challenges faced by the Government in adapting to innovations and disruptive technologies that support eco-conservation. The shift in the conversation from focus on Elephants to focus on Rhinos as the existence of Rhinos is equally threatened. The need to expand grasslands for Rhino existence and its clash with the growing human population and for a conflict interdependence resolution.
The conversation ends on a positive note discussing the Use of technology in conservation -  for purposes like protection of our forests and natural resources. The coming together of and the inclusion of art, culture and communities for a greater environmental conservation success.
EHNF was a 2 Eco-conference that brought together individuals, institutes, government bodies and ministries to speak on Asian Elephant Conservation and honour the ecological champions, who contribute to protecting the biodiversity of the Eastern Himalayas. The Event took place at Vivanta by Taj, Guwahati on 8th & 9th Nov'16.
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Comments and Feedbacks

Mrs. Mala Ramadorai, Renowned Classical singer

  • Very nice-thanks for sharing this


Gurdeep Singh, Trustee, Mission Smile

  • I found the 3 part of the Interview most informative – as usual Ranjit’s responses were remarkable for the powerful strategic vision, well grounded and so down-to-earth implementation plan, and sheer commitment demonstrated therein to the betterment of the economies and consequent employment that this will result in for the North-East by leveraging their unique wealth of natural beauty,forest resources, tea and diversity of fauna comprising a largest population of the Asian  Elephant, and the revived rhino population of the region.


Dr. Aparna Watve, Assistant Professor,TISS

  • Nice talk by Ranjit and will surely circulate it. 


Runa Rafique, Mission Smile

  • I did see this on TV. It was a very interesting interview and my regard for RBT just shot up after that…he has really delved into the issues of the Eastern Himalayas so deeply, and wonderful to know that environmental issues of this part are being highlighted by him at the international level. He is certainly passionate about this place and is trying to translate this passion into tangible actions


Peter Mortimer,Kunming  World Agroforestry

  • Thanks for sharing, we will share this within our networks.


Kartik Shanker, Governing Board member, Atree

  • Will circulate this to our networks


Paul Lister, Trustee,European Nature Trust,

  • I love the term “Naturenomics

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