Awards & Honors

Knighthood from His Majesty, the King of Nepal, Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev

Nepal/Gorkha Dakshin Bau III - 1990 - Recognition by His Majesty Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev for Role in Evolving People-centered Approach to Nature Conservation Then Leading With Creating Makalu-Barun National Park. (Model continues to evolve and has now helped Nepal now conserve 18%, up from 7% when this approach was initiated)

Decoration with Order of Golden Ark, HRH Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands

Netherlands/Golden Ark - 2005 - Recognition by His Highness Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands for Role Setting Up Major Protected Areas, Using the Community-based Model, in Nepal, China, India, and Afghanistan

The First Honorary Professorship of Quantitative Ecology from Chinese Academy of Sciences

China/Honorary Professorship - 1995- Recognition by Chinese Academy of Sciences for Using Satellite-based Vegetative Mapping in Leading to Create Qomolangma (Mt Everest) National Nature Preserve -- Then Setting Up First GIS Lab in China's Institute of Botany. (See parallel satellite vegetative mapping project for "Map Supplement," National Geographic Magazine, November 1988, Vol 174, No 5

King of Sweden & Chairman World Scouts Recognizing as Baden-Powell Fellow

In 1968, I served as Scoutmaster of the International Troop in Kathmandu Nepal. That showed me—during years when I was also gathering evidence for my doctoral dissertation on nonformal education about population growth—that Scouting could engage communities. Decades later, I created a partnership with the World Scouting movement to train Scouts around-the-world how to lead their communities toward sustainable futures.