A forester known for his wildlife conservation efforts

Chimi Dema

Dorji Duba, 44, a senior forester working with the Bhutan Tiger Center received the Forest Ranger and Guards Award of the Year on December 9.

He received the award for his contribution to biodiversity and wildlife conservation in the country over two decades.

The award was presented by the Balipara Foundation, which takes a community-based approach to conservation by balancing nature and economy and empowering communities to be stewards of their local natural assets.

“I feel lucky to have received the award,” said Dorji Duba. “It is the support I receive from my leaders, my dedication and hard work that has brought me here today.”

“My job is my passion,” he said.

In 2019, Dorji Duba, after 82 years, rediscovers the Primula Chasmophila, a local herbaceous species endemic to the Montagne Noire.

He was also among those who first visited the Montagne Noire to set up camera traps and spot snow leopards in 2017.

“Most people in this job tend to give up easily because it takes a lot of energy and determination,” he said.

Dorji Duba said that for him the love of nature gives him the energy to keep going.

In 2015, Dorji Duba spent 24 days in the field, carrying his luggage on a voyage of yeti exploration.

Black Mountain (Photos: WWF)

Director of the Department of Forests and Parks Lobzang Dorji said such recognition shows that Dorji Duba has worked with full dedication.

“I have great regard for his efforts and am impressed by his achievement,” he said.

Dorji Duba is also engaged in carrying out the second national tiger survey in Trongsa.

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