International Symposium on

Transforming Mountain Forestry 

Bridging transboundary challenges with 21st century paradigms for the welfare of mountain people, forests and environment in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Dehradun, India
18 - 22 January 2015

Speaker's Profile

Dr Maharaj Muthoo

Dr Muthoo has long and varied experience in the fields of environment, forestry and natural resources management. He has held senior positions in many organizations including UN branches in different parts of the world. He was head of Project Planning and Research Division in the mountain state of Kashmir and Joint Secretary for Planning in India. He has worked as team leader or policy advisor for UNDP, ODA/SIDA and DFID development programmes in Brazil, India, Guyana, Nigeria, Suriname and Tanzania. For 15 years, he was Forestry Operations Director at the FAO headquarters in Rome. Dr Muthoo has been Visiting Professor at several institutions such as the Global Warming Institute at Amity University, Roma Sapienza University, the UN University in Tokyo, and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. He is a fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, member of the Central Empowered Committee of India’s Supreme Court, and mission leader or member of several activities of the Ministry of Environment and Forests in India. He serves in various capacities in numerous boards, steering committees, panels and study groups on climate change, environment, forestry, and agriculture, among others. Dr Muthoo has authored over 160 publications on agriculture, environment, forestry, international cooperation, mountains, payment for ecosystems services (PES), sustainable development, and watershed management. He holds a doctorate degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from Oxford University and a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.