ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Dr Karma Tenzing

Dr Karma Tenzing

Dr Karma Tenzing has been working with community-based projects in the rangelands of Bhutan.  His research interests include sustainable land management, capacity building and community development. He has worked in climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation and has supported the improvement of community-based conservation and development programs.  His current project in Bhutan involves working with semi-nomadic yak herders of Merak, an indigenous tribe of eastern Bhutan to manage high altitude rangelands sustainably in order to protect red pandas and their livelihoods.

Research Interests

  • Rangeland management
  • Property rights
  • Rural livelihoods

Bachelor Veterinary Science and Animal Production,  College of Veterinary Science, Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University 1995

Masters Science University of Edinburgh 2000

PhD Charles Sturt University 2016


Peer Reviewed Papers

Tenzing, K., Millar, J., Black, R. (2018) Exploring governance of high altitude rangeland in Bhutan using Ostrom’s Design Principles. International Journal of the Commons 12: 428-459  DOI: 10.18352/ijc.828

Tenzing, K., Millar, J. & Black. R. (2017) Changes in Property Rights and Management of High-Elevation Rangelands in Bhutan: Implications for Sustainable Development of Herder Communities. Mountain Research and Development. 37: 353-366


Current Projects

Sustainable rangeland management to protect red panda and herder livelihoods, Millar, J., Finlayson, M., & Tenzing, K. (2016-2019) Darwin Initiative Fund, $540,000 Project details