Dekila helps WWF develop partnerships with faith leaders and institutions in order to protect biodiversity, natural resources and environmental services. Her knowledge of five languages – Sikkimese, Tibetan, Hindi, Nepali, and English – as well as her passion for conservation and faith-based work contributes to the success she is having with building WWF’s Sacred Earth program. That program has now evolved into the Sacred Earth Initiative, housed at Yale University.
"Faith leaders and institutions are often the backbone of local communities.” By working with them towards wildlife protection or climate change adaptation, Dekila ensures that conservation goals inspire and motivate all parts of the community. At the same time, WWF also engages in a very important dialogue – how to enrich and transform societal values and aspirations towards a sustainable future for all life on Earth.
Prior to creating the Sacred Earth program, Dekila spent six years leading WWF's efforts in the Mekong region on large-scale strategies for hydropower and climate change and five years designing and managing community-based conservation projects with WWF's Eastern Himalayas program.
Dekila is currently creating a capacity-building program for religious leaders at Yale University.