Knowledge Forum on "Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Sustaining People and Their Livelihoods"

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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is organizing a Knowledge Forum on the theme of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity - Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Sustaining People and Their Livelihoods – at its Headquarters in Dhapakhel, Lalitpur on Friday, 20 May 2016. 

The theme underscores the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services for life on Earth and the livelihoods and wellbeing of people everywhere. Biodiversity sustains peoples’ livelihoods while also enabling development in various sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, and tourism. 

The Knowledge Forum will feature three special guest speakers-cum-panelists, one each from the community, the private sector, and the government. 

Featured Speakers/Panelists 

Bharati Pathak, General Secretary, Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN)
Topic : Role of Community Forestry in the Livelihoods of Local People

Ms Pathak has been involved in community forestry and women empowerment since her student days.  She holds a Master’s in Rural Development, and is the Founding Chairperson and Adviser of ASMITA Nepal, a women organization. She is affiliated with the Agriculture Alliance and Network. Currently she has a crucial role in organizational development, policy advocacy, multi stakeholders’ dialogue and networking for FECOFUN.


Pankaj Prasad Raturi, Head of Department, Dabur Nepal
Topic : Conservation and Cultivation of Critically Important Medicinal Plants to Improve Livelihoods

Dr Raturi holds a PhD and MSc in Botany and Plant Physiology from H.N.B. Garhwal University, and an MBA from the Allahabad Agriculture Institute, both in India. He specializes, among other things, in agro-practices of medicinal and aromatic plants, industrial and contractual farming, small communal forest-based enterprise, agroforestry, biodiversity conservation, plant ecology, nursery and plantation technology, livelihoods promotion and quality insurance work, mostly in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. He has published over 25 research papers in reputed international and national journals.

Resham Bahadur Dangi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Government of Nepal 
Topic : Mountain Biodiversity Conservation: Linking Policy to Field Practices in Nepal

Mr Dangi has over 28 years of experience in Nepal’s forestry sector. He has contributed to climate change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on behalf of the Government of Nepal. He led Nepal’s REDD and Climate Change Centre under the Ministry of Forestry, contributing innovations on REDD+ in Nepal. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Tech in the United States and has a number of articles and publications to his credit. 

This event is free and open to the public.

For inquiries, please contact Sudas Sharma at or +977-1-5003222 ext. 130.