KARMA BHUTIAExecutive Member
Karma Bhutia is a native of Chepuwa-5, Chyamtang, Upper Arun Valley, Sankhuwasabha is executive member of The Partners Nepal and is full time employee of The Mountain Institute (TMI) and has over 18 years’ professional experience in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development of high value medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) cultivation and conservation has trained over 18,000 farmers to increase their income and conserve the biodiversity in Nepal, India and Bhutan. Mr. Bhutia is experienced in managing complex projects, working in a multi-cultural team, with various donors such as USAID, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), World Food Program (WFP), Foundation for Pro victims (FPV), GEF/UNDP, Keidanran Nature Foundation (KNCF) and numerous individual donors. Mr. Bhutia experience and expertise in natural resource management, alpine and pasture management, REDD and has also supported orientations on the concepts of REDD+ and on 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 have been instrumental in raising funds for community development programs in Nepal and has attended a number of trainings 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.