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About Us



Resources Himalaya Foundation (RHF) was founded under the leadership of the late Dr. Pralad Yonzon as a non‐governmental, non‐profit organization (Registered No. 1791 DAO). It was established as Resources Nepal, a self-governing private organization in 1986.  It became an independent, not-for-profit research foundation managed by a Governing Board and administered by its Executive office since 2004. RHF competitive 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.


Following the second Strategic Plan (2011-2015), RHF now focuses on three areas – innovative research and policy analysis, mentoring and capacity building of younger generation, and creating a platform for knowledge management and dissemination. RHF programs with cross‐cutting themes use quantitative biology and social science tools to triangulate livelihood and related issues connected with biodiversity conservation and climate change.


Mission, Goal and Vision


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.


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.

Specific Objectives

-          promote collaborative and innovative research at local and regional levels, and advocate evidence based decisions

-          promote community-based action-research on issues of contemporary relevance to biodiversity conservation and improving livelihoods

-          groom and mentor the younger generation of graduates in environmental and social sciences on the path to becoming dedicated conservationists

-          provide platform for scientific exchange, discussion and advocacy on issues of conservation and livelihoods.      


Himalayan resources are conserved for posterity and sustainably utilized for improving the livelihoods of its people.  

The Governing Board

  Chairperson: Dr. Ram B CHHETRI. Professor of Anthropology at Tribhuvan University. His specialization includes community-based resource management. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from University of Hawaii, USA.
  General Secretary: 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.
  Treasurer: Ms. Patanjali Y SHRESTHA has a master’s degree in International Relations for the University 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.

Board Members

  Dr. Pitamber SHARMA. Professor of Geography at Tribhuvan University for over two decades and vice-chair of the National Planning Commission 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.
    Dr Shambhu P KATTEL holds a doctoral degree in Anthropology from Tribhuvan University and University of Bergen (joint program). He has more than two decades long experience working as Team Leader/Community Development Expert in mega environmental improvement projects across Nepal.
    Mr Prasanna S YONZON, is involved in curbing illicit wildlife trade and promotes conservation education. He is at the forefront of transforming Nepal’s image as the guardian of wildlife. He leads Wildlife Conservation Nepal (WCN). He holds an MSc from TU.
    Prof Dr Tej B THAPA. Professor at Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University. 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.

  Dr Pasang Y SHERPA. An anthropologist from the Everest region in northeastern Nepal. Her research foci include climate change perception and institutional responses to climate change effects in the Himalayas. Her ethnographic research has focused on the Sherpas of Nepal. She has also conducted fieldwork in Kailash Sacred Landscape in far-west Nepal, northern parts of Uttarakhand in India, and southwest Tibet Autonomous Region of China. She received her doctoral degree from Washington State University in 2012. She was a Lecturer at Pennsylvania State University from 2013 till 2015. She was the postdoctoral fellow for the Sacred Himalaya Initiative at the India China Institute of The New School in New York from 2015-2016
    Dr Deep N SHAH. Natural Resource Management Specialist at International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 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.