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

Rajan Kotru 

Rajan Kotru is a development specialist with over 25 years of experience in
conceptualising, planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating research
and development cooperation projects, mainly in forest ecosystem dynamics
and sustainable natural resource and watershed management. He holds a
PhD in Forest Management and Silviculture from Ludwig-Maximillians
University, Munich, Germany, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in forestry
sciences from the same university. Born and raised in Kashmir, India, and
having worked in the German Alps and in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, Dr Kotru
has rich knowledge of mountain development issues and innovative solutions.
He has worked in Bhutan, China, Germany, India, Nepal and Pakistan for the
World Bank, DFID, GTZ, and KfW. He brings a seasoned policy and
management practice outlook on watershed management, forestry and
livelihoods, local governance, decentralised water governance, forest
ecosystem services, monitoring and impact evaluation, and institutional

building.