Sonam is a Program Manager at the Center for Himalayan Environment and Development Studies (CHEDS) in Paro – an international environmental field program jointly hosted by the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER), Department of Forests and Park Services, the Bhutan Ecological Society (BES), and the School for Field Studies (SFS), Massachusetts, USA. He is a forester by training with a Master degree in Forestry Science from the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.  Before he joined CHEDS, Sonam served as a District Forestry Officer working with rural communities of central Bhutan to promote a community based natural resource management, particularly community and private forestry programs. He had also served as senior forestry officer at UWICER teaching a Social Forestry Module to National Forestry Certificate Course and conducting research on participatory forest management.

Sonam’s key interest is studying impacts of community forestry on livelihoods and poverty reduction in rural areas, and its contribution to sustainable forest management regime.