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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

Rewilding the Future

The Eastern Himalayan region suffers from the historical problem of being natural capital rich, but money poor. As the world sets goals for the future of climate and biodiversity, the Eastern Himalayan region must seize this opportunity to take the lead on a new future for people and biodiversity. 

Last year, at the 8th Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum, the Balipara Foundation held multiple conversations on the theme of Ecology is Economy. Building on these conversations and the key outcomes from this forum, this series of the Naturenomics™ Dialogues will explore and debate the theme of Rewilding the Future: moving beyond rewilding as a means of restoring the complexity of our natural ecosystems, to restoring the interdependence between our natural, social and economic systems by building a new, natural capital economy participatorily led and stewarded by indigenous and rural communities.

This is the first step on the path to equitable climate resilience for people and biodiversity in the Eastern Himalayas.

Through this series, we explore the role that our rich forests can play in our wellbeing and resilience, in mitigating climate threats and its social repercussions, how to create an equitable ecological budget and how a rewilding economy could help communities achieve greater agency over setting their own development and wellbeing priorities beyond the limitations of the GDP.

Forests For All : Intersectional Climate & Environmental Resilience

16th June 2021

Forests for Health

23rd June 2021

Rewilding the Ecological Budget

30th June 2021

Rewilding Wellbeing & Equity

7th July 2021

16th June 2021
Forests for All : Intersectional Climate & Environmental Resilience

Prakash Das

PhD Research Scholar  (Economics)
LGBTQIA+ activist and organiser of the annual Pride Parade (Guwahati)
Co-founder of Xomonnoy

Pratik Permey

Pratik Permey was born in a village called Amulapatty which is located in the greater area of Gogamukh region, Dhemaji,Assam. He/She/They is an aspiring actor, singer, songwriter, model, MC, a social activist from Assam. Despite not having professional training in any of the art forms he currently practices, it was instead his keen interest in performing arts that pushed him further, and he made significant stride in the aforementioned fields. Being from an area in rural Assam with minimal resources, he has struggled his way through the industry, establishing himself as a well-rounded artist in the city of Guwahati(Assam). With a momentous contribution to social causes such as blood donation, cleanliness drives, cancer care,anti-tobacco campaigns, gender equality etc. and a fervent volunteer of NSS India, he aspires to be an artist with a vision.

Hasina Kharbhih

Hasina Kharbhih is an Ashoka Fellow and Aspen ILI Fellow, Founder and Managing Director of Impulse Social Enterprises and Founder Chair of Board of Impulse NGO Network. For 30 years now, she been working to provide sustainable livelihoods in a safe environment for women and children. She created the nationally and internationally acknowledged Impulse Model (formerly known as The Meghalaya Model) a holistic method to address human trafficking. The Impulse model has won awards such as the Japanese Award For Most Innovative Development Project from the Japanese Social Development Fund, which has also supported the organisation to scale its work in Myanmar since 2013, Nepal and Bangladesh. Ms. Kharbhih has gained a multi-sector expertise, including leadership and Institutional Management, human rights, livelihoods and rural development, anti-human trafficking, migration, gender based violence, child rights, HIV/AIDS education and intervention, substance abuse and adolescent health.

23rd June 2021
Forests for Health

Dr Sonali Ghosh

Dr Sonali Ghosh is an Indian Forest Service officer with more than 23 years of work experience in the field of wildlife and natural heritage management in India. She has a dual master’s degree in wildlife science and forestry and a PhD degree in Geography from United Kingdom. A co-editor 2 books; Cultural Landscapes of Asia and Wild Treasures- reflections on natural heritage in Asia, an Anthology; her current research interests include Ex-situ conservation, Protected Area Governance and exploring nature-culture linkages for heritage conservation. She is currently serving as Deputy Inspector General of Forest-Central Zoo Authority with Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change.

Dr Sunita Pradhan

Dr Sunita Pradhan from ATREE’s Eastern Himalaya – Northeast India Office. Dr Sunita Pradhan, Director of Science, Padma Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. Sunita is the world’s leading red panda ecologist. She has worked with red pandas for eight years and is the only person to have studied them both in the wild and in captivity. Working currently on Human-Wildlife Interactions and presently involved in four projects spread across the lowland forests, Mid hill and High altitude forests of Darjeeling Himalaya.

30th June 2021
Rewilding the Ecological Budget

Shalini

A post graduate environmentalist, Shalini is a Climate Change visionary. She has been actively working in sustainability and developed a Zero Waste program which helps entities to reduce their Carbon-Footprint. Her ‘Project Zero’ made headlines when it was awarded by the Uttarakhand State govt. An active social worker, she has several awards that add to her laurels. She is associated with MSME and with Delhi Govt on their Entrepreneurship Mindset program. She is a mentor to multiple woman-led enterprises. Her first book happens to be the first book on ‘Circular Economy’ in India. She is working with NITI Aayog on formulating policy in Circular Economy for India. She has been awarded by Social Founder; London, Global Goodwill Ambassador; the US, ICUNR; India. She has been given the Women in leadership award by Pathbreakers 2020. Currently, she is chairing the International Council for Circular Economy. An active speaker, she takes up initiatives in promoting educational opportunities, leadership development, entrepreneurship and empowerment of youth and women

7th July 2021
Rewilding Wellbeing & Equity

Pema

Pema Lama is Director at the Bhutan Ecological Society, a non-profit organization that connects science, business, and policy with the goal of building and sustaining resilient communities and functional landscapes. She has worked at the Asian Development Bank, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Secretariat for the New Development Paradigm and the Bhutan Foundation in areas of economic development, green public procurement, sustainable consumption and production, societal wellbeing and Gross National Happiness. She is passionate about building a more sustainable and inclusive world and enjoys exploring the inner dimensions (individual mind-sets and behaviour) and outer dimensions (systems and institutions) that affect and shape the world we live in. She graduated with an MBA from Aarhus Business School in Denmark and a BA in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University in the United States.

We will update soon, stay tuned.