The Bhutan Ecological Society was established in 2010 under the guidance of our Royal Patron HRH Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck. The activities of the Society are coordinated by a 10-member Governing Board chaired by President Dasho Paljor J. Dorji.

THE MISSION OF THE BHUTAN ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY IS TO PROVIDE:

  • a science and policy advisory to inform and guide policy makers, government and citizens on current and emerging environmental issues in Bhutan;

  • a platform for promoting conservation research and sharing of ecological knowledge in Bhutan, through research symposia and conferences, the internationally peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of BES, and trainings and seminars; and

  • programs to engage, educate and inspire youth and the public to discover nature and protect their natural environment.

Royal Patron
Her Royal Highness Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck was born on 10th January 1980. Her Royal Highness has two sons, Dasho Jigme Ugyen Wangchuck (2006) and Dasho Jamyang Singye Wangchuck (2009). Her Royal Highness’s early education was in Lhuntenzampa School, Bhutan, Yangchenphug High School, Bhutan, and Dana Hall School, USA. In 2001 Her Royal Highness graduated from Wellesley College, USA, with a major in economics and political science.
In 2006 Her Royal Highness completed her masters degree in public administration from Columbia University, USA.
As the Society’s Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness actively guides the direction and programs of Bhutan Ecological Society. In addition, Her Royal Highness heads the Royal Initiative for Innovative Learning (RIIL), a project that uses new media technologies to assist students with their education and to instill passion for life-long learning and knowledge. Her Royal Highness also oversees several projects under the Youth Development Fund, a non-profit organization that ensures that all youth have equal access to education, meaningful employment and opportunities to develop their potential.
Board
The Bhutan Ecological Society’s strategic operations are managed by its Governing Board. The Governing Board comprises a President, Member Secretary, Treasurer, and committee chairpersons.

Current Governing Board
President
Dasho Paljor J. Dorji (Dasho Benji), Deputy Minister and Special Advisor to the National Environment Commission, is the Founding President of the Bhutan Ecological Society. Dasho Benji has served in various capacities in the Royal Government of Bhutan since 1966. Among his many contributions to conservation, in 1987 Dasho Benji founded the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN), Bhutan’s first nonprofit environmental organization.
He was also instrumental in establishing the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation in 1992. Dasho Benji remains a leading voice and active proponent for environmental conservation to benefit Bhutanese and the global community. For his many decades of environmental service to his country, BES awarded Dasho Benji with the first Jigme Singye Wangchuck Environmental Stewardship Award for Policy Leadership, in 2010.

Vice-President
Nawang Norbu is Director of the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (Bumthang) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Services. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry from the University of Wales, UK, in 1998. After working as a forest management planner in Bhutan, he obtained a Master’s of Science from the International Institute of Earth Observation and Geo-
information Sciences in the Netherlands (2004). He pursued his Ph.D. with the Max-Planck Institute of Germany, studying movement ecology of altitudinal migrants in high altitude birds and mammals.

Member Secretary
Mr. Tshering Tempa, Chair of the Department of Conservation Biology at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), was a key player in inception of the Bhutan Ecological Society in 2010. In addition to his responsibilities at UWICE and as Member Secretary of BES, Mr. Tshering Tempa is currently pursuing his Ph.D.
degree in Wildlife Biology with the University of Montana, USA.

Treasurer
Kinley Dem is a Forest Management Planner with the Forest Resources Management Division (FRMD) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Services. Over the last four years she has worked in various capacities focusing on conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. She also heads the Forest Information Management Section under FRMD.
Kinley Dem earned her Bachelor of Science in Forestry in 2009 through Dr. Y.S.Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry in India. Since then, she has undergone many trainings in the fields of conservation and environment. She wrote the Management Plan for Kanakha Working Scheme at Dagana in 2012,in addition to facilitating publication of Annual Forestry Statistical books over the past several years.
Bhutan Ecological Society : Board Members
Dr. Tashi Samdup is Director for the Department of Livestock under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Services. Originally from Thimphu, Dr. Samdup has been in the civil service since 1991. Dr. Samdup received his Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine, Surgery and Animal Husbandry, from the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Kerala Agriculture University, India.
He has a Master’s Degree in Animal Breeding and Production from Wageningen University, Netherlands. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Sustainability of Mixed Farming Systems, also from Wageningen University. Prior to his present post with the Department of Livestock, he served as Director of the Council of RNR Research of Bhutan (CoRRB). Among various key posts, he has also served as Chief Livestock Officer for the Department of Livestock,Senior Livestock and Veterinary Officer for the Department of Agriculture and Livestock Support Services, Officer In-Charge of the National Jersey Breeding Centre, Samtse, and Officer In-Charge of the National Horse and Brown Swiss Cattle Breeding Program,Bumthang.

Kuenzang Gyeltshen is Dean of Academic Affairs at Samtse College of Education,Royal University of Bhutan. He received his Bachelor’s of Art (honors) in Geography from Sherubtse College in 1999. With his keen interest in teaching, he pursued a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the National Institute of Education, University of Delhi, majoring
in Geography and Economic Curriculum Studies. In 2003, after working as an educator at enhanced capacity at various schools, he pursued his Master’s in Geography from the Delhi School of Economics. Kuenzang Gyeltshen’s primary research interest is on analyzing the socio-economic impacts of education and innovative studies to enhance the learning process at different levels of scholarship.

Phuntsho Namgyal is Chief Engineer withthe Department of Hydromet Services under the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He also serves as project focal point for World Bank and UNDP projects aimed at modernizing hydromet services in Bhutan and enhancing national capacity for addressing climate change-related risks. During his past 10 years of civil service, Phuntsho Namgyal has formulated macro policies and plans for
the Energy Sector; planned and designed Bhutan’s hydro-meteorological monitoring network; and planned and designed the country’s Flood/GLOF Early Warning System. He has also played an active role in drafting Water Regulation and the National Hydromet Services Policy, and implementing studies related to flood hazard zonation.
Phuntsho Namgyal received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Thammasat University in Bangkok and his Post Graduate Degree in Construction Engineering and Infrastructure Management from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand.

Sonam Wangchuk is Chief of the Wildlife Conservation Division under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Services. He also oversees management works of the Convention of International Trade on Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) in Bhutan. Over the last 24 years he has been involved in national biodiversity field assessments for developing management plans for the Parks of Bhutan.
He spent two years working as the National Coordinator of Biological Corridors. As Park Manager of Thrumshingla National Park from 1998 to 2005, he introduced an innovative scheme called Rural Scholarship for students of deprived families living in and around the Park. In addition, he introduced the Corrugated Galvanized Iron sheets (CGI) scheme for rural communities, replacing wooden shingle roofing to promote better conservation in Parks. Sonam Wangchuk received his Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, USA. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Conservation from Greenwich University, UK. His publications include co-authoring the Guide to the Mammals of Bhutan, Tigers in the Himalayas, Opinions to BBC’s Lost Land of the Tiger, and many government reports on field assessments of Bhutan’s protected areas.

Ugen Choden is Program Director for the Bhutan Foundation, based in Thimphu. Over the past seven years she has been overlooking the Foundation programs that conserve wildlife and the environment in innovative ways; advance equitable and sustainable development for all with a focus on special education, emergency medical services and rural livelihoods; promote good governance by building capacity to enhance
democracy; and preserve culture through restoration of important sites and improving the quality of life for nuns. important sites and improving the quality of life for nuns. Prior to joining the Bhutan Foundation she spent more than ten years as a consultant for various national and international organizations including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and other UN agencies, as well as the Royal Government of Bhutan. Her consulting and research work focused on social issues such as primary education, HIV/AIDS, and gender studies, with an emphasis on rural communities in remote parts of Bhutan. Ugen Choden attended the University of Delhi in India, Sherubtse College in Bhutan, the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi, and briefly the University of Arkansas in the United States.

Dr. Ellen Cheng (Advisor to the Board) is a Research Scientist with the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (Bumthang) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Services. In her past positions with government agencies and universities in the USA and Mongolia, she has managed conservation research projects on topics including livestock-wildlife competition, developing practical tools for monitoring wildlife populations, and assessing biodiversity of
human-dominated landscapes. She has extensive teaching experience on topics of wildlife management, survey design, and data analysis. She also served as Director of Development for four years with the Natural Heritage Institute, an international conservation NGO based in California, USA. Dr. Cheng received her B.Sc. in Biology from Cornell University, M.Sc. in Ecology from Utah State University, and Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana, USA

Committees
Permanent Committees, for managing specific components of the Society’s strategic operations, will be defined and formally established during the Society’s 2014 General Meeting. The Society’s Permanent Committees may include, but are not limited to:
      • Outreach & Education Committee
      • Universities Liaison Committee
      • Science & Policy Committee
      • Award Committee
      • Publications Committee
Ad Hoc Committees may be created and disbanded at the discretion of the Society’s Governing Board at any time, for the purpose of overseeing short-term priority actions.

Outreach & Education Committee
Mrs. Choki Dukpa is from eastern part of Bhtuan. She started her career in teachingsince 1981 and served as a principal for 25 years. At present, she is a principal in Jigme Losel Primary School, Thimphu. This school is one of the model schools for Gross National Happiness. She is a receipent of the most prestigious National Award of Excellence in Leardership and Management from His Majesty the King of Bhutan in 2012. She has also achieved an International award organized by UNESCO for providing free mid day meal to the needy
students of her school. Most of her present activites are nested on environement conversation. Of the many, the popular activities she is into is the remote school children exchange programme and waste management programme owned by individual students in her school. Choki credits herself living in harmony with nature.

Mrs. Deki Choden obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching (Primary) from the Paro College of Education based in Paro, Bhutan in 2003. Since then she had the opportunity to teach in two Primary schools and currently based in Rinchen Kuenphen Primary School, Thimphu. Besides teaching, she is also engaged in carrying out various co-curricular activities within the school as part of the program educating for Gross National Happiness.
She oversees the ecological programs initiated in the school as the Coordinator for the Nature club. She is also a member for the Disaster Generating Awareness Team, Design for Change and Educational and Outreach Committee, Bhutan Ecological Society. Further, in her former school, She spearheaded the Design for Change Program which was a grand success. In her current school as the Coordinator for the Nature Club, she aim to bring about desired changes in the front of Environment protection and waste management. She aims not only to sensitize the school children but also hope to ensure that the benefits have far reaching impacts beyond the school premises and hopefully be able to reach out to the larger community.
Her personal interest besides being an ardent educationist is being a florist. She loves flowers and raises it.

Mrs. Dolma Drukpa is working as a teacher with a (PPP) passion to listen to people problems. She is mindful and critical when it comes to children or anything related to children. In terms of issues pertaining to the children, she takes it very personally. In school, while she is with the children, she love to plan, discuss and do a lot of things that will help keep children busy with lot of creativity & innovation. She doesn’t mind children being naughty but they will have to be smart and intelligent. One such initiative in her school is
the Design for Change (DFC) program, which is children idea & plan that they work on. This has an impact and thereby bringing a lot of changes in the school. She does little bit of a volunteering work with RENEW. This is where she gets to listen to lots of problem. As she loves listening to people problem, she has been able to help solve their problems as well.
Currently, she works as a Principal of Rinchen Kuenphen Primary School under Ministry of Education.

Mr. Irungbam Jatishwor Singh is currently working as Biology teacher at Mendrelgang Middle Secondary School, Tsirang since 2011. He have been teaching biology at class IX and X students. He has completed Master’s Degree in Entomology under University of Pune (Maharashtra, India). He was the recipient of “Smt. Radabhai Karandhikar Prize” for first position (Gold Medal) in specialsubject“Entomology” during Master’s final examination in the year 2007.
His keen research interests is on Lepidoptera taxonomy, Ecology and Conservation, and used lepidoptera as bio indicator for climate change and monitoring forest health.Apart from teaching, He have been studying on the “Taxonomic diversity of Lepidoptera in Mendrelgang Gewog as a whole in Tsirang Dzongkhag of Bhutan” since he joined his service at Mendrelgang MSS. As part of my research, He have published 3 research paper and notes regarding the lepidoptera fauna of Tsirang, Bhutan of which one of the important contribution was the first report of the hawkmoth “Clanis hyperion Cadiou & Kitching’ for the first time for Bhutan.

Mr. Lhakpa was born and brought up in a remote village in Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang, Bhutan. He is currently undergoing his Post graduate Diploma in Education at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Geography from the Royal University of Bhutan, Sherubtse College, he has a strengthened level of knowledge, skills and higher competence to work at varied circumstances besides some
seven years of teaching experiences with a Primary Teacher Certificate.
He has basic research skills with fair computer knowledge and had conducted some studies. Having received a Fellowship with the his COE/SERVIR Initiative in the Himalayas 2013 and his COE/SEWRVIR Capstone Event 2014, through the Association of American Geographers (AAG), My Community, Our Earth secretariat, Washington DC, he has long-term potential to contribute to research works. He is a Committed, hard working, cooperative and has sound communication skills.
His sideline interests are in nature watching, freelance photography, playing archery and religious chores.

Universities Liaison Committee
Mr. Amit Jaisi a researcher at Phyto-medicine and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Excellence Center (PPBEC) and he have been working on enhancing medicinally valued plant secondary metabolites production using plant biotechnology techniques and strategies. In addition, he has been working as a research scientist at PPBEC and currently pursuing Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Prince of Songkla Univeristy, Thailand financially supported by the prestigious university President’s Scholarship.
Furthermore, he had done his degree of Masters of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand in 2013, and B.Sc. in Biotechnology from the Periyar University, India in 2010. He has few research publications, including original research articles in peer reviewed international journals and conference proceedings. Besides having a few publications at hand he had done a great deal of presentations and anchored a number of seminars and conferences. He is one of the Bhutanese researchers working outside for the good cause of humanity.

Mr. Dorji Peljor is currently working as statistical investigator in National Statistics Bureau (NSB). He also worked as District Statistical Officer (DSO) in Trongsa and Dagana. As a DSO he was primarily involved to collect, compile and disseminate information at district beside submission of monthly consumer price index (CPI), Coordinate and supervised nationwide survey of first ever Population and Housing Census of Bhutan in 2005 (PHCB-2005). The biggest challenge as a DSO was in providing timely data to NSB for further
compilation and publication which are used in decision making by the planners. The bigger challenges he faced, actually made him realized that qualification up gradation is must.Today, he is undergoing BA Economic and Environmental studies at Royal Thimphu College. In the college he serves as the President of the Economic society arranged, coordinated and facilitating the society members towards creating enabling conditions for interaction and discourses.
Prior to pursuing his Bachelor, he joined as a civil servant after plus two and undergone two years Diploma in Statistics course in India.

Mr. Kinley Namgay obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in English and Environmental Studies from Royal Thimphu College. He studied environmental impact assessment, waste management and sustainable development modules during his undergraduate. He also volunteered for activities such as cleaning campaigns and Global Earth Hour 2014 in Thimphu organized by WWF-Bhutan. Environmental welfare has been his concern ever since.
As a University Liaison Committee member, he aims to bring changes such as proposals of research grants to university students and take Bhutan Ecological Society as far and wide into the Bhutanese communities. His personal interests include playing sports such as basketball, football and reading novels.

Mr. Kuenzang Dorji is currently working as Assistant Lecturer at Ugyen Wangchuck Institute of Conservation and Environment under Department of Forest and Park Services. He also served as Park Warden in Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park in Trongsa and he was focal person for conservation of small Mammals in Bhutan. Since then, his keen interest in research mainly focused in conserving small mammal at wider scope. He also act as Trainer of Trainee (ToT) to train young and energetic Biologist in wde range of
Conservation researcher, dessiminating research result to wider audience. He received 3 year Diploma in Forestry Science, Post Graduate Diploma in Wild life Management and B.Sc Sustainable Development from College of Natural Resources, Royal University of Bhutan.

Mr. Tshedrup Dorji graduated recently from College of Natural Resources, with Diploma in Agriculture, currently working as Research Assistant at RNR-RDC, Yusipang, under Department of Forest and Park Services. “Learning through Exploration and Exposition” is the motto that pushed his life always to be an adventure. Ha is a keen learner and a nature enthusiast since high school days. During the time of his education, he had always been an active student and rendered various leadership responsibilities.
I am passionate in doing research and finding ways to do the things differently but effectively.

Science & Policy Committee
Mr. Nawang Norbu is Director of the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (Bumthang) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Services. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry from the University of Wales, UK, in 1998. After working as a forest management planner in Bhutan, he obtained a Master’s of Science from the International Institute of Earth Observation and Geo-information Sciences in the Netherland (2004).
He pursued his Ph.D with the Max-Planck Institute of Germany, studying movement ecology of altitudinal migrant in high altitude birds and mammals.

Mr. Lekey Wangdi is currently working as Research Officer under Research and Evaluation Division in Gross National Happiness Commission Secretariat (GNHCS). He holds Master degree in Population Studies from University of Philippines, Diliman and Bachelor’s degree in commerce from Sherubtse College, Kanglung. Prior to his current position, he served as Dzongkhag Planning Officer for 8 years under Mongar and Haa Dzongkhag Administration. He also works as part-time teaching faculty at Royal
Thimphu College teaching Population Studies. He has rich experience working with communities at the grassroots level and served as Focal Officer for eco-tourism development, gender, disaster, environment and poverty programme. He is also a reference group member for evaluation of programmes at the national level and facilitates agencies, ministries and independent Evaluators in conducting evaluations. He is also involved in designing and coordinating a programme called Rural Economy Advancement Programme (REAP-II) targeting 114 poorest villages across 20 Dzongkhags.

Mr. Tshering Penjor is working at Gross National Happiness Commission. He started his career as Planning Officer and looked after the formulation, coordination and monitoring of Economic Sector particularly major Programmes like Hydropower Development, Rural Electrification, Renewable Energy Programmes like Boi-gas projects, Home Solar Provision to rural communities etc. He was also board member of one of the biggest Climate Change
Adaptation Project known as 'Artificial Lowering of Thorthormi Glacial Lake' which was the second major Glacial Lake Outburst Project (GLOF) in Bhutan. Later, he went to pursue his higher studies in Australian National University, Canberra (2012-2013) and returned with Masters in Climate Change to work again in the same organisation. Currently, he work under Research and Evaluation Division of Gross National Happiness Commission as Researcher and Policy Analyst. As a Policy Analyst, he have coordinated the national policy formulation and reviewed various important national policies of which several polices are already approved by the government. He is also National Coordination Committee (NCC) Focal Point for the implementation of SAARC Social Charter, UN ESCAP Social Protection Focal Point and National Social Protection Focal Point besides my regular duties.

Award Committee
Dasho Paljor J. Dorji (Dasho Benji), Deputy Minister and Special Advisor to the National Environment Commission, is the Founding President of the Bhutan Ecological Society. Dasho Benji has served in various capacities in the Royal Government of Bhutan since 1966. Among his many contributions to conservation, in 1987 Dasho Benji founded the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN), Bhutan’s first nonprofit environmental organization.
He was also instrumental in establishing the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation in 1992. Dasho Benji remains a leading voice and active proponent for environmental conservation to benefit Bhutanese and the global community. For his many decades of environmental service to his country, BES awarded Dasho Benji with the first Jigme Singye Wangchuck Environmental Stewardship Award for Policy Leadership, in 2010.

Mr. Nawang Norbu is Director of the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (Bumthang) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Services. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry from the University of Wales, UK, in 1998. After working as a forest management planner in Bhutan, he obtained a Master’s of Science from the International Institute of Earth Observation and Geo-information Sciences in the Netherland (2004).
He pursued his Ph.D with the Max-Planck Institute of Germany, studying movement ecology of altitudinal migrant in high altitude birds and mammals.

Mr. Tshering Tempa, Chair of the Department of Conservation Biology at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), was a key player in inception of the Bhutan Ecological Society in 2010. In addition to his responsibilities at UWICE and as Member Secretary of BES, Mr. Tshering Tempa is currently pursuing his Ph.D.
degree in Wildlife Biology with the University of Montana, USA.

Ugen Choden is Program Director for the Bhutan Foundation, based in Thimphu. Over the past seven years she has been overlooking the Foundation programs that conserve wildlife and the environment in innovative ways; advance equitable and sustainable development for all with a focus on special education, emergency medical services and rural livelihoods; promote good governance by building capacity to enhance
democracy; and preserve culture through restoration of important sites and improving the quality of life for nuns. important sites and improving the quality of life for nuns. Prior to joining the Bhutan Foundation she spent more than ten years as a consultant for various national and international organizations including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and other UN agencies, as well as the Royal Government of Bhutan. Her consulting and research work focused on social issues such as primary education, HIV/AIDS, and gender studies, with an emphasis on rural communities in remote parts of Bhutan. Ugen Choden attended the University of Delhi in India, Sherubtse College in Bhutan, the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi, and briefly the University of Arkansas in the United States.
Bhutan Ecological Society : Staff
Mr. Tshering Dorji is Program Coordinator for the Bhutan Ecological Society. Prior to joining the Society, he worked as a Young Environmental Scholar (YES) intern at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment. He also taught at Jigme Namgyel Lower Secondary School, through the University Graduate Internship Program initiated by the Ministry of Labor and Human Resources.
Tshering Dorji’s keen interests in research focus on the ecology of freshwater and high altitude wetlands. As a YES intern at UWICE, he collaborated on a biodiversity assessment of macro-invertebrates in the Mangdechu and Kulongchu rivers. He also helped research and wrote a guidebook on Hot Springs and Medicinal Waters of Bhutan, documenting the histories and healing power of these sacred waters.
Tshering Dorji received his B.Sc in Life Sciences from Sherubtse College, Kanglung, in 2012.