Deepa Basnet joined ICIMOD as an intern for Livelihoods theme in 2014, then as Ecosystem Consultant for HICAP initiative in 2015. From 2016, she is working as Research Associate in Ecosystem Services theme under Hi-LIFE initiative. With Hi-LIFE, she will be engaged in developing various knowledge products through research and consolidation of the Initiative’s start-up phase information, and will support execution of some of the 2016 regional activities. She is an environmentalist with an MSc from the Central Department of Environmental Science, Nepal. Prior to joining ICIMOD, she was the Research Assistant for Nepal Development Research Institute and WWF Nepal for 3 years. Beside that she served as Freelance Researcher, Field Supervisor and Interpreter/Translator for various NGO’s and international PhD students. She has also been the Consultant for Bird Conservation Nepal in order to conduct Bengal Florican conservation awareness education events in protected areas of Nepal. She was involved in electoral support, biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and valuation projects during her 5 year career. She has authored few articles related to GIS and biodiversity conservation.