Lhakpa and Pankaj Thapa, Bhutan


I am Lhakpa, born and brought up in a remote village in Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang, Bhutan. I have a PrimaryTeacher Certificate and after having worked as a primary school teacher for six and half years, I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in English and Geography at the Royal University of Bhutan, Sherubtse College in Kanglung, Trashigang.

After I complete my undergraduate program, I have to continue serving as a teacher and given a chance, I want to pursue my higher studies in Public Administration.

My sideline interests are in nature watching, freelance photography, playing archery and religious chores.



Pankaj Thapa (Ph.D)

I have obtained Ph.D. from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India in 2005. I have been serving at the Department of Geography and Planning, Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan since 2002. Apart from teaching, I am actively engaged in research, curriculum development and capacity building. My future goals include strengthening educational and research activities in Bhutan, especially in the field of Geography, remote sensing and GIS. This has partly been achieved through the establishment of the “Center for Climate Change and Spatial Information” at my department in 2010. The main aim of this Center is to conduct and carry out research, awareness and advocacy at the grass-root level on climate change and livelihood issues, and also build a sound information system in order to minimize data gaps, and enhance research activities within the country.

You can contact me at pankajthapa2008@gmail.com Ph. 00975-17725932.


Linking Traditional Beliefs on Climate Change Phenomenon to Scientific Facts for Better Adaptation Strategies- A Village level Case Study in Eastern Bhutan.

The local people of Dragrong village of Eastern Bhutan believe that irregular and untimely rainfall and other climate change phenomenon are caused due to the erosion and loss of culture, tradition and beliefs, and the inability to please the local deities. Hence, “Chorbu” - a ritual performed by the local inhabitants to call the rain now needs to be performed almost every year and sometimes twice a year, due abnormal weather conditions. This research attempts to link people’s perception and traditional beliefs on climate change phenomenon to scientific facts, and to evolve appropriate adaptation strategies.

The research will be based on primary data from the field, and also generate detailed spatial data using remote sensing and GIS techniques.

The main aim of the project is to generate appropriate spatial and non-spatial data and to scientifically analyze and study the impact of climate change on the lifestyle and livelihood of the local people. The project also aims to make people aware about the dangers of climate change that need wise human adaptation for sustainable existence.