Pushkin D. Phartiyal

Ashoka Fellow
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Fellow Since 2011
Central Himalayan Environment Association

Citation

This profile was prepared when Pushkin D. Phartiyal was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
The New Idea
Pushkin is building a green economy in the Himalayas. In response to increasing environmental degradation, due to a burgeoning population, he has developed a collection of opportunities designed to promote sustainable livelihood through efficient management of the resources and the environment. These efforts have connected the marginalized mountain communities with the market economy and created an incentive to not only conserve the region’s dwindling resources but also to sustain the regeneration process of forests and water resources. The local communities thus retain primary ownership over their natural resource base while reducing the drudgery of day-to-day living.

To address the issue of livelihood, Pushkin avails of market forces as the primary drivers to move the government and the local communities to embrace sustainable agriculture and use of forest resources, while ensuring adequate carbon sequestration in the region. Based on the premise that the management of natural resources becomes more efficient when it is linked to economic activities of the local communities, he has been able to bring about effective local environmental governance while introducing an integrated approach on the management of natural resources through agriculture and horticulture.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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