Executive Member

KARMA BHUTIA is a native of Chepuwa-5, Chyamtang, Upper Arun Valley of Sankhuwasaba District, an executive member of The Partners Nepal since the inception of 2012. Mr. Bhutia is Mr. Bhutia is a full-time employee of The Mountain Institute.

He has over 18 years of professional experience designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the development of high-value medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs). Cultivation and conservation have trained over 18,000 farmers to increase their income and conserve Nepal, India, and Bhutan’s biodiversity.

Mr. Bhutia’s experience and expertise in natural resource management, alpine and pasture management, REDD and has also supported orientations on the concepts of REDD+ and the “Free Prior and Informed Consent” (a key principle in international law and jurisprudence related to indigenous people) in mountain communities in Nepal. Mr. Bhutia has been instrumental in raising funds for community development programs in Nepal and has attended many training and workshops in different countries around the world and volunteered at Washington State University as well as different herbal and agricultural farms in the United States. He is a recipient of the “World Wildlife Fund Young Conservation Leaders Award” in 2007 and a “Certificate of Achievement” from ICIMOD in 2011.