Dasho Paljor J. Dorji “Dasho Benji”

Special Advisor, Bhutan Environment Commission

He’s been called the godfather of conservation in Bhutan, a vocal and tireless champion of the environment since 1966. Benji is a self-professed rascal and “court jester” having served as friend and advisor to Bhutan’s Fourth Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King) throughout a reign that included establishing the world’s most ambitious commitment to protect wilderness. Power of the River’s expedition team was honored to share a rousing talk with Dasho Benji on Bhutan’s challenges and opportunities—and the joys of fishing.