Pijush Kumar Dutta

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Community-based Natural Resource Management
  • Human-Wildlife Co-existence
  • Conservation-linked Livelihood (Community-based Tourism, and Sustainable Use of Non-Timber Forest Produce)


Pijush has a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Ecology and PhD in Timberline Forest Ecology from Assam University, Silchar.

He has worked with WWF-India for around 18 years first as head of WWF-India’s Western Arunachal Landscape (WAL) conservation programme (2001 to 2013) and then as Lead for Community Engagement (2017 to 2023).

He has extensively worked for the promotion of community-based natural resources management by promoting Community Conserved Area (CCA), and supporting WWF-India landscape teams for planning and implementing community engagement strategies in the villages in and around high-priority conservation areas of India.

He has also worked as a faculty member at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Guwahati Campus from July 2013 to January 2017. During this period, he served as Course Coordinator (Centre Chairperson) of the Master’s programme in Ecology Environment and Sustainable Development for two years.


Certificate Courses

  • Ecological monitoring for development interventions

    This four-day residential workshop will introduce participants to simple, low-cost techniques that can be used for ecological monitoring and discuss how they can be used to inform development interventions at the local level.


Chapters in Edited Books

  • Ghose, D. & Dutta P. K. (2011). Status and distribution of Red Panda Ailurus fulgens fulgens in India. In A. R. Glatston (Ed.), Red Panda Biology and Conservation of the First Panda (pp. 357 – 373). Elsevier Inc. 10.1016/B978‑1 – 4377-7813 – 7.00020 – 3
  • Chatterejee, S., Semwal, R. & Dutta, P. K. (2006). Enterprises based conservation: A case study on orchid cultivation from Arunachal Pradesh Eastern Himalaya. In A. P. Joshi, S. K. Agawal, & R. Kumar (Eds.), Mountain Technology Agenda, Status, Gaps and Possibilities (pp.265 – 276). Messrs Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh (BSMPS).

Journal Articles


Policy Documents

  • Dutta, P.K. (2012). Guideline for Promotion of Homestays in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Dutta, P.K. (2013). Arunachal Pradesh Ecotourism Policy. 10.13140/2.1.5180.2407

Conference/​Workshop Proceedings

  • Dutta, P. K., Wange, P., & Dorjee, D. (2012). Community-based tourism for environmental conservation: Experiences from Western Arunachal landscape, India. In. K. G. Saxena, L. Liang, K. Tanaka and S. Takahashi (Eds.), Land Management in Marginal Mountain Regions: Adaptation and Vulnerability to Global Change, United Nations University (pp.285 – 292). Messrs Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh (BSMPS).
  • Dutta, P. K., Wange, P., & Dorjee, D. (2011). Strengthening of community-based conservation through tourism as incentive in Western Arunachal Landscape, India. Naturenomics 4.0 (pp. 67 – 74). Balipara Foundation.
  • Dutta, P. K., & Bhomia, R., (2007). Initiatives for community-based forest fire management in Western Arunachal Pradesh. In R. Pai, A. J. Hiremath, & Umakant (Eds.), Rethinking Forest Fires (pp.97 – 100). Proceeding of the National Workshop on Forest Fires organized by Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India and ATREE
  • Dutta, P. K., Pangging, G., & Saikia, D. K. (2007). Western Arunachal Landscape (WAL) — A high priority area for conservation of biological diversity in Eastern Himalaya, India. In B. K. Dutta, A.K. Das, & P. Choudhury (Eds.), Biodiversity Conservation — The Post Rio Scenario in India (pp.138 – 150). Assam University, Silchar. 
  • Dutta, P. K. &. Dutta, B. K. (2003). Medico-ethnobotanical studies of some North East tribes/​ethnic communities settled in Barak Valley, Assam, India. In G. Singh, H.B. Singh, & T.K. Mukherjee (Eds.), Traditional knowledge base on herbal medicines and plant resources of North – East India Protection, Utilisation and Conservation (pp. 129 – 153). National Institute of Science Communication, CSIR, New Delhi.