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

Resources Himalaya Foundation (RHF) was established as a research think tank on natural resource conservation by late Dr Pralad Yonzon. Registered with the Government of Nepal (District Administration Office, Lalitpur and Social Welfare Council), RHF is a not-for-profit research foundation managed by a Governing Board. It has over 33 years of experience in innovative research and capacity building in biodiversity, environment and livelihood in Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim through nearly 250 research projects.

The milestones of RHF include the Nepal Biodiversity Action Plan, GIS Database of Nepal’s PA, Nationwide Database of Chure Ecology, Conservation Plan of Biodiversity of the Western Terai (Chure Region), Annapurna Conservation Area Management Plan, Elephant Conservation Action Plan and Snow Leopard Conservation Action Plan.  RHF also assisted in developing Rapid Biodiversity Survey Framework for all nine protected areas of Bhutan including Phobjikha Conservation Landscape Area Plan. Other notable research projects include the Count Rhino ’94, Status of the Red Panda in the Himalayas, Hornbill Ecology, Biodiversity and Forest Regeneration of Shivapuri Watershed Reserve (1989-1992), Thirty Years of Community Forestry Mapping Forest Dynamics in the Middle Hills of Nepal, Integration of Indigenous and Sustainable Knowledge for the Sustainable Use of NTFPs in Sagarmatha National Park and its Buffer Zone, F.I.S.H. (Fostering Indigenous Sustainable Harvest) for Climate Resilient Livelihoods in Middle Karnali Watershed of Karnali River Basin and Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA).

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what we do

Currently, RHF is conducting research on Surface Water Change and Knowledge Enhancement (SuChaK) partnership with USAID, Clean-Up Himalaya to Sustain High Altitude Heritage, Nepal partnership with European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), Nepal Reconstruction Engineering Service (NRES) supported partnership with by USAID, Sustainable Development Goals Sub-Urban Platform supported by UNDP Nepal, and Bone Market Chain Analysis supported by Itoh.
Bringing contemporary knowledge to deal with issues of natural resources conservation, and mentoring the younger generation to build the conservationists of the future are the two major thrusts of RHF’s work. In the last five years it has mentored over 250 university graduates and enabled over 75 graduates to engage in dissertation studies.

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 is an 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 is a 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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Ms Binu YONZONBoard Member

Ms 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.

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Mr Prakash SHARMABoard Member

Mr Prakash SHARMA has a Master's Degree in International Cooperation and Development from University of Pavia, Italy.

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Mr Sharma has more than 15 years of combined experiences in development sector mainly programme design, implementation and monitoring in development sector mainly on child labour, education, gender mainstreaming, social dialogue, workplace cooperation, industrial relation, social policies, enterprise development, informal economy, youths and employment, training and capacity building. He has special interest in project cycle management, research and development.

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Dr Deep N SHAHBoard Member

Dr Deep N SHAH is a lecturer at the Tribhuvan University, Central Department of Environmental Science.

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

Our Team Members

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Dr Kamal ADHIKARIResearch Director

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. He is currently working as a Research Director.

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Dr Dinesh NEUPANEProgramme Director

Dr Dinesh Neupane completed his PhD on elephant conservation in Nepal from Arkansas State University in 2017.

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He has conducted several research projects on wildlife conservation including One-horned Rhinoceros and Asian Elephant in Nepal. Currently, Dr. Neupane is interested in human dimension of conservation, empowering local people in wildlife monitoring, and small mammals conservation in Nepal.

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Dr Ramji BOGATIProject Coordinator, SucHaK Project

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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Mr Sandesh BARALAdministrative Officer

Mr Sandesh Baral completed his Master's in Business Administration Degree from Bangalore University, India.

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Ms Priya MAHARJANAccountant

Ms Priya MAHARJAN completed her Bachelor’s degree in Management from Tribhuvan University.

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She has been working in Resources Himalaya Foundation as an Accountant since January 2017.

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Dr Gauri Shankar BHANDARIResearch Fellow

Dr Bhandari completed his Ph.D. in Plant Taxonomy from Seoul National University in February 2018.

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He is interested in molecular phylogeny of Polygonaceae as well as the assessment of the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, and conservation implications focusing on the protected areas. His past work included DNA barcoding of Orchidaceae in Korea and exploring phylogeny and taxonomy of several genera of Polygonaceae including Bistorta, Fallopia and Persicaria.

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Mr Naresh KUSIResearch Associate

Naresh Kusi has a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice, from Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), University of Oxford, UK .

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Naresh Kusi has a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice, from Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), University of Oxford, UK and a M.Sc. in Environmental Science from Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

His research interests include predator-prey dynamics, floral investigations and exploration of wildlife tourism potential in the Himalayas.

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Mr Rupesh THAResearch Officer

Mr Rupesh Tha completed his master degree in Development Economics from University of Goettingen, Germany in 2015.

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He completed his master degree in Development Economics from University of Goettingen, Germany in 2015.
He is keenly interested to work in economic development, public policy, and different development issues and conduct qualitative and quantitative research in the Socio-economic development issues.

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Ms Samjhana KAWANTeam Leader, EOCA Project

Ms Samjhana Kawan has completed her Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Khowpa College.

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Ms Samjhana Kawan has completed her Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Khowpa College, affiliated to Tribhuvan University in 2013 with specific paper on Biodiversity Conservation and Wildlife Management. Her research domains are Stork and other wadding birds and their interactions in various ecosystem. She has been involving as a visiting lecturer in Department of Environmental Science in Goldengate International College, Kathmandu.

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Mr Purna Man SHRESTHAProject Manager, EOCA Project

Mr Purna Man SHRESTHA has completed Master Degree in Zoology in 2015 from Tribhuvan University.

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He is interested in biodiversity and wildlife conservation focusing on carnivore and otters. He has worked on wildlife research and conservation since 2013. His past work included study of prey-predator relationship of leopard, diet composition of leopard and tiger. He was former project manager of FISH/Paani Project from August 2018- April 2019.

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Ms Bhumika SUNUWARDocumentation & Montoring Officer, SucHaK Project

Ms Bhumika Sunuwar pursued her Master's degree in Environmental science from Central department of Environmental science, TU.

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Her interest area includes biodiversity conservation, climate change and sustainability. She is currently working as documentation and monitoring officer at SuChaK project.

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Ms Nirmala KOJUResearch Officer,SucHaK Project

Ms Nirmala Koju completes her Master's degree in Natural Resource Management and Developmentdegree from Technical University of Cologne, Germany.

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She also holds her Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from Pokhara University.She has research interest in climate change adaptation, conservation of ecosystem, urban, regional, community-base management, watershed management, DRR and relevant development issues.

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Ms Kanchan KATTELEGH Coordinator

Ms Kanchan Kattel is a graduate student of Environmental Science at Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University.

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She has completed her BSc. in Sustainable Development from College of Natural Resources, Royal University of Bhutan. Ms. Kanchan is a conservation and sustainability enthusiast aspiring to build a career in conservation research and practice.

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Mr Gopal MAHARJANCaretaker

Mr Gopal MAHARJAN has been working at the Resources Himalaya Foundation as a caretaker since its establishment.

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He has spent 28 years till as a caretaker at the Resources Himalaya Foundation.

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Mr Lal Bahadur BlonGuard

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