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Mr. Nawaraj Tiwari

Nawaraj Tiwari is a naturalist. He did his graduation in Environment Science from Tribhuvan University. He was specialized in wildlife management and did his research on park people conflict at Chitwan National Park. His passion to wildlife dragged him to the Khana National park (central India) where he got best opportunity to understand behavior ecology of tiger and its habitat. Later, he was fascinated by Elephant and moved to the Nagarhole & Bandipur National Park (Part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve) where he spent two and half years with wildlife. He was more into Bird identification, understanding behavior ecology of mega herbivores like Elephant, Gaur and top predators like Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dogs and their associated prey.  Besides, he love to work for the conservation of wildlife in the human dominated landscape, corridors and connectivity for safeguarding wildlife for future. Bird watching, wildlife photography, Butterfly identification are his additional interest.

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Mr. Tek Jung Mahat

Node Manager, Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN), ICIMOD

Mr. Tek Jung Mahat has actively advocated for the ‘mountain agenda’ since 2003 and currently serves as the core member/co-leader of ‘Rio+20 preparation’ and ‘UNFCCC COP preparations’ committees at ICIMOD.  He started and leads ICIMOD’s ‘Youth Initiative’ - Youth for Sustainable Mountain Development (Y4SMD) and ‘Media Initiative’ – Media Engagement in SMD (M4SMD) by training over 100 youth from 20 Asia Pacific countries on ‘Rio+20’ and ‘climate change’; and 55 full-time media persons from 9 Countries in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas and beyond on ‘climate change’ and ‘green economy’. The ICIMOD youth network now has some 1000 youth within 3 years of its establishment. Prior to joining ICIMOD Mr. Mahat taught environmental economic, hydrology and climate change, environmental education and GIS/RS to graduate and undergraduate level students at five different colleges affiliated to Tribhuvan University, Purvanchal University and Higher Secondary Education Board in Kathmandu, Nepal; worked with Mountain Forum global secretariat, and many Nepalese NGOs; and ran some of the largest conservation campaigns in Nepal to save Himalayan Rivers. With the increased visibility of his work, Mr. Mahat was approached by and served as Mentor for UNEP’s TUNZA Programme in 2011. Besides he was panellist for UNEP RRCAP/AKP-UNEP/IGES/APAN-SEI/SENSA Adaptation Forum 2010 and has represented Nepal and Asia Pacific region in several international programmes. Before this Mr. Mahat  pioneered e-dialogues and e-networking among environment professionals in Nepal by establishing the ’Environment Professionals Group’ in 2005, that is now linked with youth inspiring blog ‘Realising CHANGE’ since January 2011. In 2007, he established ClimateHimalaya – an independent, informal, and informative network of climate change professionals in the Himalayas.

At present he also acts as Nepal Country Point of the University of Minnesota’s Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks (COMPON) project. He has authored over three dozen papers, both online and in print, in the United Kingdom, Bolivia, India, and Nepal. Since early 2007, he is managing the Asia-Pacific Mountain Network (APMN) (the Asia-Pacific node of Mountain Forum and Mountain Partnership Consortium). He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Environment and Global Change from the University of Torino, Italy and an MSc in Environmental Science from Tribhuvan University. He has attended special courses on green economy and Rio+20, climate action and sustainability, information and communications technology, environmental communications, and youth leadership in China, Hungary, Japan, Nepal, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.
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Mr. Gopal Sherchan

Mr Sherchan has over 10 years of experience as a National Program Coordinator for Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Nepal. He has also over 10 year of experience as a District Forestry Officer of the Government of Nepal. Known as a positive full support manager and strong advocate of community forestry management that builds leadership capacity within organizations by providing strategic and practical follow through, he is skilled in building broad community development within diverse environments. Other strengths include: proposal development, managing agreements and budgets, Results Based Management, Carrying out Participatory Baseline Survey and evaluation studies, and Management Accountability Framework while maintaining cultural sensitivity.

He has managed agreements with NGOs and administered funds; restructured National program evaluation metrics by clustering regional projects for easier and more accurate reporting and evaluation, which also resulted in a 25% decrease in Administration costs. Served as the National Steering Committee's Secretariat in pre-screening project proposals, and otherwise supported the work of National Steering Committee. Trained, coached and assisted NGOs/ civil societies and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in the formulation of project proposals, while ensuring technical and substantive quality. Developed and supported supply chain management processes, facilitating community products access to national and international markets. Developed and implemented communication and information dissemination strategies to reach a wide range of target audiences.

He has done his Masters of Science (MSc) in Forestry and Environment. He likes to encourage deserving youths and enjoys working with them on environment and development related activities.

Dr. Chudamani Joshi

Dr. Chudamani Joshi is landscape ecologist. He is a graduate in Botany from the Tribhuvan University, Nepal, Graduate in Legislative Law from Lucknow University, India and Graduate in Natural Resource Management from International Institute for Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Netherlands. He worked for about 15 years with National Herbarium, Department of Plant Resources, Ministry of Forest and Siol conservation, Ministry of Environment Government of Nepal. In 1999, he moved to the Netherlands and undertook a PhD in Invasion Ecology and Tropical Forest Ecosystems, Remote sensing and GIS at the ITC and Wageningen University, Netherlands. In 2009 he moved back to Nepal and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland service and coordinating Finnish government's development support to Nepal in Natural Resource sector (Forestry, Water Resources and Environment)  
GIS, Remote sensing, landscape dynamics,  biological invasion, Vegetation mapping and monitoring have been his main ongoing research theme, while recent research includes national forest resource assessment in Nepal.
He has published more than 20 research articles in International peer review journals, supervised many MSc students, and supervising MSc and PhD students in the Netherlands and Nepal. He attended many international seminars and workshops and visited all 75 districts of Nepal and most of the European and Asian countries.
He is a recipient of Nuffic, WOTRO, NOW post PhD fellowships (Netherlands), Ecognition (Germany)  and ESRI (USA) awards. He is a recipient of Nepal Vidya Bhusan 'Ka' and 'Kha'.  
He is a President of ITC alumni association Nepal, Life Member of Nepal Botanical Society, Kathmandu, Nepal; Member, Resource Ecology, Wageningen University, the Netherlands and a Reviewer of 6 international journal published by the Elsevier, the Netherlands.
He has more than 25 years experience in the field of plant taxonomy, invasion ecology, environmental impact assessment and recently working in the development work as a development partner.

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