Meet the Team: Rinzin Dorji

National Director, Bhutan

I am Rinzin Dorji from Bumthang, Bhutan. Bhutan is a tiny Himalayan Kingdom rich in biodiversity, covered in 71 % of its geographic area by forest and 51% by protected areas. I work under the Department of Forests and Park Services in Bhutan since 2013 after completion of my Bachelors of Science (Hons.) in Forestry from India. Currently, I am in the second year of my Master's degree in Tropical and International Forestry at Gottingen University, Germany. Bhutan is one of the very few countries in the world to feature environmental conservation explicitly in its Constitution and mandates that “a minimum of 60% of the land is under forest cover for all times to come”.

Bhutan harbours about 5603 species of vascular plants, about 200 species of mammals and 50 records of freshwater fish species among others (Biodiversity Action Plan, Bhutan 2009). Bhutan is home to 103 Tigers (National Tiger Survey 2014-2015), 678 Asian elephants (National elephant survey report, 2018) and 96 snow leopards (National Snow leopard survey, 2015-2016) among various other species. However, due to developmental activities, habitat fragmentation, poaching, and illegal wildlife trade contribute to the pressure on ecosystems. My main interest is in the field of wildlife conservation and I would be grateful to work in the team of Human Nature Projects international to be able to contribute in species conservation, learning and gaining international experience.