Assessing the risk of alien plant invasions to the developing world: Bhutan a case study

Speaker: Dorjee Dorjee

Location: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in Building 6, Level C, Room 12

Invasive alien plant species are responsible for loss of biodiversity that supports the livelihood of over a billion rural famers in developing countries. Here, I take the case of Bhutan to study how a developing country constrained by geophysical position (i.e. being landlocked with open and porous borders) and resources (financial and human capital) can minimise introduction and mitigate threats from potentially invasive alien plant species. I created a compressive baseline of alien plants, assessed their status (casual, naturalised or invasive), and developed a hybrid model of pre- and post-border decision framework. This will aid decision makers and plant regulatory authorities in managing and regulating invasive species in Bhutan and other developing countries with similar constraints.

About Dorjee

Dorjee worked as the District Agriculture Officer in Thimphu district from 1998-2005 and then as the National Citrus Coordinator in the Department of Agriculture, Bhutan from March 2005 until June 2013. Dorjee is currently on study leave supported by John Allwright Fellowship, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research ACIAR). He will resume office in the Department of Agriculture as the Principal Horticulture Officer in the last week of January 2018. Dorjee holds a B.Sc. Agriculture from Marathwada Agricultural University, India (1993-1997) and M. Sc. Agricultural Systems from Chiang Mai University, Thailand (2001-2003).