About us

Resources Himalaya Foundation (RHF) was founded by late Dr. Pralad Yonzon as a non-governmental, non-profit organization (Registered No. 1791 DAO/Lalitpur). It was established as Resources Nepal, a self-governing private organization in 1986. It became an independent, nonprofitable research foundation managed by a Governing Board and administered by its Executive Office since 2004. RHF’s competive edge over others is its ability to deal with contemporary knowledge and issues connected with nature conservation. This is substantiated by the fact that RHF was one of the eight recipients of the 2007 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, selected from several NGOs from six continents.

what we do

RHF has completed its 30 years of innovative research and capacity building on aspects of wildlife, biodiversity, and environment in Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim. It has garnered regional experience through nearly 200 research projects. The milestones include Count Rhino ‘94 – the first comprehensive rhino survey in Nepal, GIS of high altitude forests and biodiversity, status of the red panda in the Himalayas, Hornbill ecology, GIS database of protected areas of Nepal, Annapurna Conservative on Area Management Plan, Elephant Conservation Action Plan,
Snow Leopard Conservation Action Plan, Nepal Biodiversity Action Plan Draft , and 10 volumes of Conservation Plan of the Western Terai – Churiya Region as the primer for Terai Arc Landscape (TAL). Also, Resources Himalaya assistedin developing “Rapid Biodiversity Survey Framework” for all nine protected areas of Bhutan including Phobjikha Conservation Landscape Area Plan.

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what we do

In recent years, the Foundation is aggressively tagging young minds through innovative investment and long term mentorship to build competent human resource for tomorrow. It mentored over 200 university graduates; enabled 37 graduates; enabled over 50 graduates to assist the management of protected areas in Parsa and Chitwan on sustained-resource yield through dissertation level studies, and established “Environmental Graduates in Himalaya (EGH)” with over 600 active graduates from 11 different countries to work in the field of conservation. Under a self-initiated annual program, “Building Next Generation” over 100 master’s level graduates have been
awarded dissertation grant since 2009 for leadership development in nature conservation.

mission & vision

mission

To conserve biodiversity in the Himalaya, promote sustainable use of natural resources including soil, water, forest, rangeland, and to improve livelihoods particularly of the poor, disadvantaged and marginal sections of society.

goal

To promote “good science” to facilitate “informed and evidence based decision-making” to secure both biodiversity and resource conservation and improved livelihoods of the poor.

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vision

Resources of the Himalaya are conserved for posterity and sustainably utilized for improving the livelihoods of its people.

Governing Board and Board Members

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Dr Ram B CHHETRIChairperson

Dr. Ram B CHHETRI is a professor of Anthropology at Tribhuvan University.

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Dr. Ram B CHHETRI is a professor of Anthropology at Tribhuvan University. His specialization includes community-based resource management. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from University of Hawaii, USA.

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Dr Dinesh R BHUJUGeneral Secretary

Dr Dinesh BHUJU is an Academician of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). With PhD in ecology (Japan), he has experience of over 25 years in teaching and research. In Nepal, he initiated research studies at landscape level, prepared nationwide ecological data of Chure hills, and used dendro-climatogical tools to assess the climatic impacts at tree-lines of Nepal Himalaya. He teaches contemporary issues of ecology and environment in the universities in Nepal and Italy. Dr Bhuju is an expert member of Nepal's Environment Protection Council.

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Dr Dinesh R BHUJU. Academician at Nepal
Academy of Science and Technology. Besides his academic work
on ecology and environment, he has been actively involved in the
promotion of science. He holds a PhD from Chiba University, Japan.

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Ms Patanjali Y SHRESTHATreasurer

Ms Patanjali Y SHRESTHA has a master’s degree in International Relations for the University of Wollongong in Australia

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of Wollongong in Australia. She has wider experience working as researcher for women, ethnic groups, livelihood, forestry, school children and served RHF as Program Officer for five years.

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Dr Pitamber SHARMABoard Member

Dr. Pitamber SHARMA. Professor of Geography at Tribhuvan University for over two decades and vice-chair of the National Planning Commission

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in 2008. He is a geographer/ regional planner with wide experience in the Himalayas. He holds a PhD in regional planning from Cornell University, USA.

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Prof Dr Tej B THAPABoard Member

Dr Tej B THAPA. Professor at Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University.

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He has over decade long experience in different conservation and research projects across Nepal. He holds a PhD in Wildlife Sciences from Wildlife Institute of India.

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Dr Ramji BOGATIBoard Member

Dr Ramji BOGATI pursued his PhD on Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning from Dortmund University of Technology, Germany in 2012.

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He pursued his PhD on Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning from Dortmund University of Technology, Germany in 2012. Forest ecology, Ecosystem based Adaptation, and Urban Green Infrastructure are his major research interest. Dr Bogati has been involving in conservation, research and development projects since 2000. He published research articles, book chapter, dictionary and books on environment.

 

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Dr Deep N SHAHBoard Member

Dr Deep N SHAH. Natural Resource Management Specialist at International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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With over 10 years of experience in different roles at GOs, NGOs and INGOs projects over Nepal, he holds a doctoral degree in Natural Science (Biodiversity and Climate Change) from Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Univeristy, Germany.

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Mrs Binu YONZONBoard Member

Mrs Binu YONZON is the wife of Late Dr Pralad B Yonzon.

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She has been actively involved as a General Member of Resources Himalaya Foundation since 2012. She initiated Dr Pralad B Yonzon wildlife research grant on 21 May 2014, providing funds to support post graduate students with their Masters dissertation. Till date, a total of NPR 300,000/- has been funded by Mrs Yonzon which has helped six post graduate students to successfully complete their research.

Our Team Members

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Dr Kamal ADHIKARIDirector

Dr Kamal ADHIKARI is an ethnobotanist. He completed his PhD at the University of Aberdeen

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He completed his PhD at the University of Aberdeen in August 2014 on Plants, People and the Politics of Ethnobotanical Knowledge in Nepal. His current research focuses on the issues of climate change, biodiversity conservation and sustainability, and the way these influence the use of ethnobotanical resources in Nepal.

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Mr Biraj SHRESTHAResearch Officer

Mr Biraj SHRESTHA completed his Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Khwopa College, Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2013 with special paper on Biodiversity Conservation and Wildlife Management.

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He shows an avid interest in amphibians and has been actively involved in the study and conservation of amphibians since 2012. He has won multiple Save The Frogs Day Award, The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, SAVE MANASLU’S FROGS! Research Expedition Fund, Rufford Small Grants and Seed Grant from The Pollination Project. Biraj is also a Future Leader of Amphibian Conservation and was invited to University of Kent, Canterbury, UK for his presentation at the Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium (ACRS) 2017.

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Ms Rasmi KUNWARProgramme Officer

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Ms Priya MAHARJANFinance Assistant

Ms Priya MAHARJAN is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Management from Caspian Valley College.

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She has been working in Resources Himalaya Foundation as the finance assistant since January 2017.

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Mr Saroj BASNETEGH Coordinator

Mr Saroj BASNET is pursuing his Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Golden Gate International College.

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He is keenly interested in climate change and forest ecology with strong emphasis on dendrochronology. He has joined Resources Himalaya Foundation as the EGH coordinator since September 2017.

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Mr Naresh KUSIResearcher

Mr Naresh KUSI is a young and energetic wildlife researcher with an M.Sc. in Environmental Science from Tribhuvan University.

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His research interests include predator-prey dynamics in the Himalayas (especially involving snow leopards, wolves and their prey), floral investigations and the exploration of wildlife tourism potential.

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Ms Samjhana KAWANResearcher

Ms Samjhana KAWAN has completed her Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Khwopa College, Dekocha, Bhaktapur affiliated by Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2013 with specific paper on Biodiversity Conservation and Wildlife Management.

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She is keenly interested in conservation of storks and its habitat. She has been also helping to the pre-graduate students to do their project works and prepare report on climate change and vulnerability assessment. She got Rufford Small Grant and Idea Wild Grant on 2015 to conserve storks on low lands of Nepal.

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Mr Gopal MAHARJANCare Taker

Mr Gopal MAHARJAN has been working at Resources Himalaya Foundation as a Care Taker.

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He has spent 28 years till as a Care taker at Resources Himalaya Foundation.

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