3rd Session of the SAARC Talk Series 2024

The third session of the SAARC Talk Series 2024 (Virtual Mode) was held on (Wednesday), 13th March 2024,3:00 pm (Sri Lanka Standard Time) at the SAARC Cultural Centre (SCC), Sri Lanka.

The speaker of the third SAARC Talk Series 2024 session was Mr Samten Yeshi. Mr Yeshi is a researcher within the European Research Council-funded project at the Leiden Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University, the Netherlands. Mr. Samten Yeshi delivered his lecture on The Relationship between Culture and Nature: A Bhutanese Perspective.

The lecture provided insight into the holistic worldview of the Bhutanese society, where the relationship between nature and culture is seen as inseparable and essential for the well-being of both the people and the environment. The speaker noted that while science contributes to our understanding of nature through innovations, the conservation of nature is dependent on people. People’s lifestyles are shaped by the cultural, spiritual, and religious traditions they are born into. What impacts our environment and nature is directly dependent on human behaviour. The way of our living- CULTURE. Therefore, he stressed that the environmental conservation efforts, backed by scientific evidence, must adequately recognize this relationship.