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Nepal conservationist Rinzin Phunjok Lama is named one of 10 Time’s Next Generation Leaders

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File: Rinzin Phunjok Lama. Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale

Kathmandu, May 17

Nepal’s wildlife conservationist Rinzin Phunjok Lama has been named one of 10 Time’s Next Generation Leaders for this year.

The world-famous magazine made the announcement last week. Time announces the list of Next Generation Leaders every year in partnership with Rolex.

Rinzin Phunjok Lama also won a Rolex Award for his conservation efforts last year.

“Unlike thousands of young Nepalis who leave rural areas in search of work, Lama returned to his home in Humla after graduating from college with a forestry degree,” Time writes about him, “Even in this remote corner of Nepal, the effects of climate change are clear, with ancient water sources drying up and once snow-capped mountains left bare.”

Lama leads a team of trained conservationists who work to engage the community. They document and track threatened and endangered wildlife, facilitate workshops where local people share their knowledge of the landscape, and run clubs for children to learn about conservation from an early age.

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