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Nirmala Nair

School of Practical Sustainability, Director

Cape Town, South Africa

As a sociologist, sustainable development practitioner and climate change specialist, Nirmala brings a unique perspective to local adaptation working with socio-ecological transformation and personal change process.

Nirmala’s most recent project has been in Bhutan working on Bhutan’s (NAPAII) National Adaptation Program of Action. Her main focus of work was designing resilient rural water harvesting and regeneration with 40 remote rural villages in Bhutan as well as training local leaders. The training manual and the design process will be rolled out as part of the outcome of the project of 4 years.

She is the founder of School of Practical Sustainability. As a platform to share and consult low-tech solutions rooted in common sense, traditional wisdom she offers training, mentoring and practical sustainability workshops.

Published Articles 

Kuensel, Bhutan National Daily, 2017


Durban Post, 2017, “What Stops Us from Staying Healthy”https://www.pressreader.com/south-africa/post/20170802/282024737341799

Keunsel Bhutan National Daily, 2015, “How will the age of Anthropocene fare for Bhutan”http://www.kuenselonline.com/how-will-the-age-of-anthropocene-fare-for-bhutan/

Keunsel Bhutan National Daily, 2015, “Will Paris wake up to common sense?”http://www.kuenselonline.com/will-paris-wake-up-to-common-sense/

The Jakarta Post, 2014, “Scaling up NGOS – best practice or big lie?”http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/02/15/scaling-ngos-best-practice-or-big-lie.html

The Jakarta Post, 2014, “Working with nature for flood control”http://m.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/01/25/we-must-work-with-nature-beat-floods.html

Myth of Sustainable Development – Poem http://www.sustainabilityleadersnetwork.org/the-myth-of-sustainable-development/

Local Action for Biodiversity communication education- Process evaluation tool kit Commissioned by City of Cape Town and ICLEI, 2011-2011 http://studylib.net/doc/10392764/evaluation-design-toolkit

SABC Sacred Secrets of Nature, 2015,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qn6d6rBvfg

SABC, “I am Woman Series” 2016 http://www.iamwomanseries.com/our-stories/season…/episode-8-nirmala-nair/

Updated October 2018