Ms Bandana Shakya is a Biodiversity Analyst working with the Regional Programme on Transboundary Landscapes. She is coordinating the regional Conservation and Development initiative in the Landscape Initiative for Far Eastern Himalayas (Hi-LIFE - formerly Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative) - a joint initiative between China, India and Myanmar. She is responsible for overall design, planning and implementation of the initiative, especially contributing to the regional partnerships development between the country partners for interdisciplinary research, long term monitoring, policy and resource management, and community based interventions in the said landscape. She holds two Master’s degrees – Master of Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants from University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and Master of Botany from Tribhuvan University (Nepal). She brings with her the knowledge of plant sciences biodiversity conservation with focus on ecosystem services delivery and flow and agrodiversity based research, natural resources management, and herbarium/botanic garden management. Ms Shakya joined ICIMOD in 2005 and contributed to research and knowledge development in Biodiversity Conservation and Management, and in the past supported implementation of Kangchenjunga Landscape. Prior to joining ICIMOD, she worked with the Mountain Forum Secretariat on revamping the Mountain Forum Online Library, and also taught post graduate course at the Central Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.