Bhutan is a small mountain kingdom nestled in the Himalayan Range, a land of dramatic topography that ranges from low subtropical plains to some of the world’s highest mountain peaks. Known for its fortresses and monasteries, traditional culture and rich biodiversity, the country also seeks to achieve happiness through balanced development.
Yurta Association promotes partnerships and conservation of biocultural diversity in High Asia. Cultural anthropologist Mr Carralero is working with a range of partners in High Asia to establish a ‘World Yak Herders Association’. Partnering organizations include Mountain Partnership, University of Central Asia, Kegawa Herders Cooperative and Plateau Perspectives.
Ecotourism is “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the wellbeing of local people.” Plateau Perspectives is building local capacities in community ecotourism with the aim to promote local development as well as environmental conservation including protected area management. Partners include communities and responsible tour operators in China, Kyrgyzstan, and beyond.
Under the auspices of Royal Thimpu College (RTC), on on-going Apiculture (bee-keeping) project is exposing college students to field-based educational opportunities, as well as improving crop yields and strengthening community connections.