Norbu Wangdi is a professional with extensive expertise in resource management, climate change adaptation, and sustainable natural resource management. Norbu Wangdi currently holds two prominent positions. He serves as the Principal Scientist -Resource Management at the Bhutan Ecological Society a civil society organization based in Thimphu. Additionally, he is a Lecturer in Mountain Ecology at the Center for Climate and Sustainable Futures (CCFS), School for Field Studies in Paro, Bhutan.
Norbu Wangdi has pursued a remarkable educational journey. He completed his Doctorate in Natural Resources and Life Sciences from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria, between 2013 and 2016. Prior to that, he obtained a Master of Science in Instruction and Practical Training in Forestry and Allied subjects from the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India, from 2005 to 2007. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences) from Sherubtse College in Kanglung, Bhutan, affiliated with Delhi University, India, from 2002 to 2004.
In his current role, Norbu Wangdi has a range of responsibilities. He prepares project proposals in the areas of sustainable natural resources management and conducts research on climate change adaptation and sustainable natural resource management. He supervises and guides project staff in implementing project activities, as well as monitors the implementation of projects/programs to ensure timely and high-quality delivery of project outputs.
Throughout his career, Norbu Wangdi has held several key positions and has been involved in numerous projects and initiatives related to environmental conservation and sustainable development. Notably, he served as the Project Coordinator for the “Developing Ecosystem-based Solutions for Managing Biodiversity Landscapes in Bhutan” project at the Royal Society for Protection of Nature from June 2021 to January 2023. He also held the position of Chief Forestry Officer at the Forest Resources Management Division, Department of Forests and Park Services from November 2019 to July 2021.
Norbu Wangdi has been recognized for his contributions in the field of environmental research and conservation. He was a UNESCO-TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences) Young Affiliate from 2018 to 2022 and a Young Leader for the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum in Japan in 2019. He also served as the National Focal Point for the UN Forum for Forests from November 2019 to July 2021.
In addition to his professional roles, Norbu Wangdi has published numerous articles and research papers in esteemed journals and has presented at various conferences and symposiums. He has also contributed to the development of policy briefs and reports on topics such as climate change adaptation, water resources management, and forest carbon assessment.
With his extensive experience and expertise, Norbu Wangdi continues to make significant contributions to the field of resource management and environmental conservation in Bhutan. With strong dedication and passion for sustainable development have positioned he remains committed to finding innovative solutions to address the challenges of climate change and natural resource management in Bhutan and beyond.