Dr. Pema Gyamtsho, Former Minister of Agriculture and Forests of the Royal Government of Bhutan will give an overview of Bhutan’s geography, history, polity and the development philosophy of Gross National Happiness and Environment. He will discuss how Buthanese view mountains, lakes, springs, trees and animals as living sentient beings and how Bhutan’s national policy and international representations take these beliefs into account. Finally, he will address the challenges and the path forward for Bhutan to continue to live with nature into the 21st century.
Pema Gyamtsho, Director General @International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
Dr Pema Gyamtsho is the Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development an intergovernmental knowledge organization dedicated to mountains and people of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. He leverages a depth and breadth of previous experiences, including having served the Royal Government of Bhutan for over three decades, providing environmental leadership and working at the science-policy-practice interface across a broad range of issue areas including linking public financing for environmental sustainably; conservation and climate change mitigation; community-level readiness for the expansion of community owned and managed forests; and institution-building promoting high quality research and evidence-based decision making on conservation and environmental issues. Dr. Gyamtsho holds a PhD in Natural Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich