Dr Uma Partap has been working in ICIMOD on honey bees and pollination services for more than 20 years. With a background in biological sciences, she has 25 years of research experience in diverse fields including eco-physiology, indigenous honeybees and beekeeping, plant-bee relationships, and pollination services. She is currently coordinating the regional project ‘Honeybees and Value Chains’ under ICIMOD’s Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction Programme. Her published work includes eight books (including monographs and manuals), a documentary film, and over 50 papers and articles in various national and international journals, workshop proceedings, and books. Her landmark multi-country studies include ‘Warning Signals from the Apple Valleys’, which highlighted the growing problems of pollination in apple orchards and the consequent falling productivity across countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. At ICIMOD Dr Partap has gained wide experience as a researcher and interface development professional while working with national partner organizations including government departments, NGOs, farmers’ associations, federations, and cooperatives, and the private sector in nearly all of ICIMOD’s regional member countries. She is an Indian citizen, born into a hill farmer's family in Himachal Pradesh.