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-based tourism for local development as well as to enhance protected area management.
Under the auspices of Royal Thimpu College (RTC), a new Apiculture (bee-keeping) project is being developed with the aim to expose college students to field-based educational opportunities, to improve local crop yields, and to strengthen community linkages for sustainable development.