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Dr Pijush Kumar Dutta

Assistant Professor , Guwahati campus

Centre for Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development , School of Social Sciences and Humanities

B.Sc. (Assam University), M.Sc. (Assam University), Ph.D. (Assam University)

As head of WWF-India Western Arunachal Landscape Conservation Programme, gained more than twelve years of experiences in planning, coordinating, implementing and monitoring projects related to the conservation of biodiversity, promotion community based conservation of forest, wildlife and high altitude wetland, promotion of conservation based livelihood options for local villagers and state level policy advocacy. Presently working in the position of Assistant Professor and Course Coordinator for MA Program in Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati Campus.


  • WWF International Staff Award for Outstanding Service in the year 2011.
  • WWF-India Meritorious Service Award for the period from January to June 2008
  • University Gold Medal, 1999 for securing highest marks in M.Sc. Ecology from Assam University, Silchar

  •  Forest Fire in Arunachal Pradesh
  • Woodcarving Industries in Arunachal Pradesh with special reference to Wanchoo Woodcarving
  • Study of Market Linkage of Chirata in Western Arunachal Pradesh
  • Study of feasibility of Introducing Forest Certification to Chirata Traders in Western Arunachal Pradesh
  • Baseline Survey and Conservation and management of Red Panda in Western Arunachal Pradesh
  • Baseline Survey and Conservation of Snow Leopard in Western Arunachal Pradesh


A.Research Paper in Journal

  1. Chandan, P., Khan, A., Takpa, J., Hussain, S. A., Mehdi, K., Jamwal, P. S., Rattan, R., Khatoon, N., Rigzin, T., Anand, A., Dutta, P. K., Ahmad, T., Ghose, P. S., Shrestha, P. and Theengh, L. T. 2014. Status and distribution of Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis) in India. Zoological Research 01/2014; 35(S1):39-50. DOI:10.13918/j.issn.2095-8137.2014.s1.0039
  2. Chakraborty, R., Dorjee, D. and Dutta, P. K. 2014. A note on the high elevation distribution record of Red Panda Ailurus fulgens (Mammalia: Carnivora: Ailuridae) in Tawang District, Arunachal Pradesh, India. 08/2014; 6(9):6290-6292. DOI:10.11609/JoTT.o3492.6290-2
  3. Dutta, P. K., Dutta, B. K., Das, A. K. and Sundriyal, R. C. 2014. Alpine Timberline Research Gap in Himalaya: A Literature Review. Indian Forester. 140, No.4.pp.419-427.
  4. Chakraborty, R., Nahmo, L. T., Dutta, P. K., Srivastava, T., Mazumder, K. and Dorji, D. 2014. Status, abundance, and habitat associations of the red panda (Ailurus fulgens) in Pangchen Valley, Arunachal Pradesh. DOI 10.1515/2013-0105
  5. Dutta, P. K., Dutta, B. K., Sundriyal, R. C. and Das, A. K. 2013. Diversity, represntativeness and biotic pressure on plant species along alpine timberline of western Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalaya, India. Current Science, Vol.105, No.5, 25 September 2013. pp.701-708.
  6. Paul, A., Khan, M. L., Das, A. K. and K. Dutta. 2010. Diversity and Distribution of Rhododendrons in Arunachal Himalaya, India. Journal of American Rhododendron. pp.200-205.
  7. Gogoi, L., Mazumdar, K. and Dutta, P.K. Occurrence of mallard Anas platyrhynchos in high-altitude lakes of Tawang District, western Arunachal Pradesh, India. Current Science, Vol.99, No.8, 25 October 2010. pp.998.
  8. Srivastava, T. and Dutta, P.K. Western Arunachal Pradesh offering prime home to the endangered red panda. Current Science, Vol.99, No.2, 25 July 2010.pp.155-156.
  9. Gogoi, L. Soud, R. and Dutta, P. K. New elevational record of Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus from Western Arunachal Pradesh, India. Zoos’ Print (Web Version), Vol XXV, Number 7, July 2010. pp.25.
  10. Srivastava, T. and Dutta, P. K., Snow partridge hopes for a safe home in Arunachal Pradesh. Current Science, Vol 98. No.3. pp. 289.
  11. Gogoi, L., Wange, P., Dutta, P. K., and Soud, R., 2008. High-Altitude records of the House Crow Corvus splendens in Western Arunachal Pradesh, India. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 105(3). pp. 339.
  12. Dutta, B. K. and Dutta, P. K. Potential of Ethnobotanical Studies in North East India: An Overview. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge. Vol.4(1). pp. 7-14

B. Books and Technical Report

  1. Chatterjee, S., M. Pande, R. Semwal, K. Kumar, K. Dutta, S. Soni and, G. Pangging. 2003. Relevance of Certification to the Wood Carving Industry in India, WWF-India
  2. Semwal, R.L., Sudipto Chatterjee, J.C. Punetha, Smita Pradhan, Pijush Dutta, Sudha Soni, Ghanshyam Sharma, V.P. Shingh, Anil Malayia. 2003. Forest Fire in India Lesson From Case Studies WWF-India
  3. Chatterjee, S., Saikia, A., Dutta, P. K., Ghosh, D., Pangging, G., Goswami, A. K.. 2006. Biodiversity Significance of North East India for the study on Natural Resources, Water and Environment Nexus for Development and Growth in North East India. WWF-India.

C. Chapters in Books

  1. Ghose, D. and Dutta P. K. Status and distribution of Red Panda Ailurus fulgens fulgens in India. In Angela R. Glatston (Ed.) Red Panda Biology and Conservation of the First Panda. Elsevier Inc. pp. 357-373. ISBN: 978-1-4377-7813-7
  2. Chatterejee, S., Semwal, R. and Dutta, P. K. Enterprises Based Conservation: A Case study on Orchid Cultivation from Arunachal Pradesh Eastern Himalaya. In: A. P. Joshi, S. K. Agawal and R. Kumar (Ed.) Mountain Technology Agenda, Status, Gaps and Possibilities. Bishan Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehra Dun. pp.265-276., ISBN: 81-211-0517-X

D. Policy Document

  1. Guideline for Promotion of Homestays in Arunachal Pradesh – Final Draft submitted on August 2012
  2. Arunachal Pradesh Ecotourism Policy – Second Draft submitted on May 2013

E. Research Paper in Conference/Workshop Proceedings

  1. Dutta, P. K., Wange, P and Dorjee, D. 2012. Community Based Toruism for Environmental Conservation: Experiences from Western Arunachal Landscape, India. K. G. Saxena, L. Liang, K. Tanaka and S. Takahashi (Ed.)Land Management in Marginal Mountain Regions: Adaptation and Vulnerability to Global Change, United Nations University. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehradun.pp.285-292. ISBN: 978-81-211-0836-2
  2. Dutta, P. K., Wange, P. and Dorjee, D. 2011. Strengthening of Community Based Conservation through Tourism as Incentive in Western Arunachal Landscape, India. Naturenomics 4.0, Balipara Foundation:67-74.
  3. Dutta, P. K. and Bhomia, R., 2007. Initiatives for Community-Based Forest Fire Management in Western Arunachal Pradesh. In: Rekha Pai, Ankila J. Hiremath and Umakant (Ed.) Rethinking Forest Fires. Proceeding of the National Workshop on Forest Fires organized by Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India and ATREE. pp. 97-100.
  4. Dutta, P. K., Pangging, G. and Saikia, D. K. 2007. Western Arunachal Landscape (WAL) - A high priority area for conservation of Biological diversity in Eastern Himalaya, India. In:Dutta, B. K., Das, A. K. and Choudhury, P. (Ed.), Biodiversity Conservation - The Post Rio Scenario in India. Assam University, Silchar :138-150.
  5. Dutta, P. K. Dutta, B. K, 2003. Medico-Ethnobotanical Studies of some North East Tribes/Ethnic Communities Settled in Barak Valley, Assam, India. In: Singh, G., Singh, H.B. and Mukherjee, T.K. (Ed.), Traditional Knowledge Base on Herbal Medicines and Plant Resources of North – East India Protection, Utilization and Conservation. National Institute of Science Communication, CSIR, New Delhi : 129-153. ISBN: 81-7236-243-9
  6. Das, S., Dutta, P. K. Dutta, B. K, 2002. An Ethnobotanical Studies of Barak Valley, Assam, India. In: Bhattacharya, M.K., Dutta Choudhury, M. And Mazumder, P.B. (Ed.), Biodiversity of Assam and its Conservation :179-199.
  1. Planning for Restoration of Degraded Rhododendron Community Forest in Eastern Himalaya  (December 2001 to November 2003) funded by Seicho-no-ie, a religious organization, Japan through WWF-Japan
  2. Improvement in Traditional methods of replenishing soil fertility vis-à-vis organic farming for food security and biodiversity conservation in Dirang Valley, West Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh (October, 2003 to September, 2005 ) funded by Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India 
  3. Linking Conservation of Rhododendron with Livelihood Security to Local Communities in Tawang, Eastern Himalaya (Dec. 2003 -June 2006) funded by Seicho-no-ie, a religious organization, Japan through WWF-Japan
  4. Improvement of fodder resources in Western Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalaya (May 2005 to April 2008) funded by Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India 
  5. Promoting Community Conservation Area concept in Western Arunachal Pradesh (January 2007 to March 2009 ) funded by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai 
  6. Promotion of Community Based Tourism as Conservation Incentive for Strengthening Management of Thembang Bapu Community Conserved Area in Western Arunachal Pradesh (2009 - 2012 ) funded by G. B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Almora under GOI-UNDP CCF-II Project 
  7. Strengthening Community Based Forest Management in Western Arunchal Pradesh - Phase -II (August 2010 to July 2013) funded by Tata Social Welfare Trust 
  • Fundamentals of Ecology
  • Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Development
  • Field Research Methods
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Management
  • Ethnoecology and Natural Resource Management
  • Climate Change and Natural Disaster
  • Conservation based Rural Livelihood

Email: pijushk.dutta[at]tiss[dot]edu