Bhutan Is One Of The Few Remaining Countries With A Degree Of Human Innocence: Michael C.Tobias


‘Bionomics in the Kingdom of Bhutan’ was written by Ugyen Tshewang (Dr), Jane Gray Morrison and Michael Charles Tobias.

A picture of innocence as school kids play during spring in Bumthang, Bhutan. (Source: Hai Piano)


By Phurpa Lhamo Kuensel

The book ‘Bionomics in the Kingdom of Bhutan’ published by Springer was released last week.

This reference book contains 159 pages on the environmental challenges and polices of Bhutan.

It was written by Ugyen Tshewang (Dr), Jane Gray Morrison and Michael Charles Tobias. It provides a compact detail on the ethics and economics of the Bhutan’s ecology. The book also touches on the aspects of Bhutanese culture and animal rights.


Photo: Springer


While giving details on the current status of the environment such as national parks and mountains, the book also highlights the country’s current declarations, climate change action plans, polices and constitutional mandates for the conservation efforts in the country.

The former National Environment Commission Secretary, Ugyen Tshewang said that the book, ‘Bionomics in the Kingdom of Bhutan’ can be a reference for scientists, planners, students and researchers.

“I have not read many books that talk about happiness and environment together. At the same time how animal rights can be protected in a holistic manner and integrated into the bionomics of Bhutan.”


Yak in the pristine highlands of Bhutan. 

Photo: Ryderwalker


Bhutan’s current climate change issues, biodiversity loss, animal rights, loss of species and organisms are highlighted as some of the major challenges in the book, Michael Charles Tobias said.

“This book is a small book, really meant for an enquiring student who wants to cover all the issues in a tight and compact way and get the state of the world like Bhutan as of now.”

Michael Charles Tobias is the President and Chief Executive Officer of a non-profit public benefit corporation called Dancing Star Foundation, based in California.


Layap girls. 
Photo: Asia News Network


He said that today Bhutan has become the ‘torchbearer of ecological sensibility’ and that Bhutan is one of the few remaining countries with a degree of human innocence in them.

“One of the aspects of this book, bionomics, certainly is to integrate conservation with animal rights, legal, political and the spiritual realms,” he said.

“I think Bhutan can do much more but that’s unfair because if a small country like Bhutan has to do more, then bigger countries like America has to do much more. You have already done a lot by keeping your forests intact.”


This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for the Daily Bhutan.


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